SHC summons report from KMC on removing construction from amenity plot

September 28, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday summoned a complete report from Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) authorities on compliance of its order regarding removal of unlawful construction from an amenity plot in North Nazimabad, a neighbourhood of the city.

A division bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing an application filed by Karam Dad, Feroz Khan and others, who have taken KMC administrator and other officials to the court for flouting its earlier order dated November 2, 2011 that directed KMC top officials to remove illegal construction from amenity plot.

Applicants, who were residing in Block W of Allama Iqbal Town, North Nazimabad, submitted that according to master plan of the area, there existed an amenity plot in front of their houses, which was illegally occupied by the encroachers in earlier part of 2008.

They said that relevant officials got cleared the amenity plot of illegal encroachments but later allowed construction of residential buildings on the plot, which was clear violation of the master plan.

They said the court on November 2, 2011 had allowed their petition against illegal construction on amenity plot and directed officials concerned to remove the illegal structures but its orders were not complied with yet.

During hearing, the KMC’s counsel told the judges that demolition of the illegal construction on the subject plot was started, adding it would take two to three days to demolish it completely. The judges were also informed that all utility services were disconnected following the court order.

The bench directed KMC’s anti-encroachment cell’s head and Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA)’s senior director to be present on next hearing. While adjourning the hearing of case till October 13, the bench directed authorities to submit complete report on compliance of its order.

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