Fund-stripped anti-encroachment dept unable to work properly

October 9, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Anti-encroachment drive has been disrupted continuously at least for a week due to unavailability of funds to run the vehicles with Karachi Metropolitan Corporation causing a large number of encroachments in front of big markets, commercial hubs of the city, main roads and roundabouts, said sources.

The sources told PPI on Friday that though a large amount of funds was recently released by the Sindh government to KMC but all of that was spent on arrangements for offal removals in the city and timely payment of salaries to the KMC staff before Eid. While, the anti-encroachment department could not get its due share, therefore, more than 400 employees have been sitting idle.

“It is not that we do not do any work. We surely carry out anti-encroachment drive but most of the time it is targeted on show cause notices issued by courts, which we have to do in any condition,” said a responsible officer from the department on the condition of anonymity.

The reliable sources said since many weeks the anti-encroachment operation got halted for number of days in different intervals due to non-availability of fuel for vehicles.

Director Vehicle KMC Tehseen-ur-Rehman told KMC was getting petrol and diesel from two contractors and it had to pay at least Rs30 million to each. Although, they had not completely terminated the provision of fuel but they were giving necessary fuel on the basis that the current bill was clear and KMC was trying to pay the debt on installments with the current bill.

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