Karachi, June 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Commissioner Office, Police Department and District Municipal Corporations were starting mutual operation against encroachments and all arrangements in this regard have been finalized. Encroachments will be removed from roads, footpaths, storm drains, parks and play grounds and teams will be formed on division level.
This was decided in a meeting chaired by KMC Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi. The meeting was attended by Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui, Additional I.G. Karachi Sheraz Nazeer, Metropolitan Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan, Deputy Commissioners and Administrators of five Districts, Legal Advisor Najam-ud-din Sikandar, Director Land Khurram Arif, Director Anti-Encroachments Abdul Malik and other officers.
He said that mutual strategy will be implemented for encroachments on large scale and encroachments will be removed from the locations of public use on priority basis. He said a good number of citizens leave for home in evening timings in Ramadan and traffic flow due to encroachments on roads was affected therefore removal of encroachments from roads was necessary before Ramadan.
He said that action against illegal and unauthorized constructions will continue non-stop and land mafia will not be allowed to occupy plots allocated for parks, play grounds and public welfare works. KMC Administrator said that land mafia in different areas was active once again and after establishment of encroachments on roads and footpaths commercial activities were going on.
He directed police and anti-encroachment cell to commence operation against them on large scale. He said the encroachments were like scar on forehead of the city and decreasing beauty and attraction of city. He said that effective action was only possible through mutual operation.
He said stalls and carts from roads of densely populated areas of the city should be removed so that traffic flow could improve and facilitate pedestrians as well. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui said that Karachi Administration will work together for removal of encroachments and police and administration will be provided where required.
He said it was an important task to keep city free form encroachments along with cleanliness as citizens expect convenience and welfare works from us. He said that some shopkeepers have displayed their all shops on footpaths which was necessary to be removed. He said cantonment boards will also be included in this operation and they will remove encroachments from their areas.
Commissioner Karachi directed Deputy Commissioners to consider that encroachments should not be established after their removal and this action should go on without any hindrance. He said citizens also wish for provision of roads and footpaths free form encroachments and it was our responsibility to utilize our capabilities for public welfare works. It was also decided in meeting that a meeting for operation against encroachments will be held every week and labour and machinery will be provided where needed.
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Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)
City District Government Complex, 1st Floor, Civic Centre,
Tel: +9221 9923 2400 -01
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