SHC seeks comments in storm-water drain commercialization case

October 20, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday gave three-week time to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator, secretary land utilization department, Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA)’s director general and others to file their detailed comments on a petition against unlawful conversion of storm-water drain, Nehar Khayam, in Clifton, into plots.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar extended its stay order against conversion of storm-water drain into plots.

The petitioner, Amina Jilani, a resident of Clifton area, submitted that she had purchased a plot in KDA Scheme No 5 only because of presence of amenity land, adding that according to master plan of the scheme, amenity land was earmarked for storm-water drain.

She recalled that back in 1990, the city district government intended to generate revenue by selling this amenity space in violation of the related laws, adding that at that time eight plots along with two corner plots were carved from the storm-water drain but the KMC had to cancel unlawful conversion when certain aggrieved parties challenged it in the court.

She told the judges that once again unlawful construction was under way on the storm-water drain which was being filled with sand. She argued that a piece of land earmarked as amenity plot could not be used for purpose other than amenity, adding that use of plot for other purposes was blatant violation of the building and other related laws. Therefore, she requested the court to declare this conversion as illegal and direct KMC to desist from indulging in such illegal practices.

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