SHC maintains status quo on case of LEW affectees, seeks report about fair valuation of properties

April 10, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday directed provincial authorities to file report after fair valuation of property of all those people, whose land is required for the Lyari Expressway project.

A division bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar continued status quo and ordered authorities not to displace the petitioners till the next order. The hearing was adjourned to May 5.

The petitioners, 32 residents of Liaquatabad represented by Advocate Shaukat Ali Shaikh, stated that respondents were trying to demolish their houses though they had registered lease deeds. They stated that the respondents did not pay the compensation amount to them as per directions of the SHC and as per market value of their property.

The petitioners prayed to the court to direct the respondents to pay an adequate compensation as per market value or consider Section 23 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

Earlier the court had restrained the Lyari Expressway project authorities and other respondents to not to demolish the houses of the petitioners without paying compensation. During proceedings land acquisition officer Altaf Hussain requested to court allow them to demolish the houses in order to complete the project.

The court turned down his requested and ordered him to maintain status quo till its further orders. The court along with land acquisition officer directed petitioners to file report regarding valuation of their property so they may be compensated.