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SC seeks progress report on Karachi anti-encroachment drive

Karachi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought reports on the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in Karachi.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed is monitoring the anti-encroachment dsrive in Karachi and he will chair a meeting of government departments at the apex court’s Karachi registry on Jan 12. He has urged detailed report on the removal of encroachments from the metropolitan city.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed has also ordered to see the details of the Pakistan Railways and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board’s (KWSB) retrieved land during this drive. The Sindh chief secretary, provincial government secretary, Karachi Commissioner, and Railways representatives have been called in the meeting.

On October 27, last year Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar was directed to slash all the encroachments from government plot and the pavements to widen the roads and clean the city.  15-day deadline was granted to the city authority to start off the project.

The anti-encroachment drive that is underway in the city and led by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has moved towards the decade-old market, popularly known as Urdu Bazaar.

The KMC administration has given notices to the shopkeepers to vacate their stalls within few days or they will be bulldozed.


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