Karachi: The authorities concerned have demolished 80% of encroachments and other illegal structures on the Karachi Circular Railway’s (KCR) land, a news source reported. The anti-encroachment drive, started on the orders of the Supreme Court, continued in its ninth day.
The operation was carried out under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner Wasim-ud-Din, and Gulberg Assistant Commissioner Malik Ikram in Nazimabad. Police personnel assisted the anti-encroachment staff.
The dwellers were given notices to vacate KCR land, while temporary business units were demolished along the seven-kilometre-long railway track. The demolition drive would resume after completion of the notice period.
Following the Supreme Court’s orders, the civic bodies had devised a plan to clear KCR land of 10,000 houses illegally constructed on 26 acres of railway land around its 27-kilometre track.
The railways department is also mulling leasing out some of the encroached land at market rates. This will only be done for the land that the department does not need.