Karachi: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), on the instructions of the Supreme Court (SC), has begun an anti-encroachment drive in four areas, including Gujjar Nullah and the KDA Officers’ Club, according to news published on Tuesday.
The anti-encroachment campaign began in the following neighbourhoods: Karachi Development Authority Officers’ Club, Aladin Park, Organi Nullah, and Gujjar Nullah.
In Aladin Park, 100 of the 500 shops were demolished in just 8 days. In addition, the Pavilion End Club’s main gate, 10 tuck stores, and security check-point have been razed.
According to KMC Director Bashir Siddiqui, it will take at least a month to level Aladin Park, which is located on Minhas Road. The commercial facility – shopping mall and Pavilion End Club – near Aladin Park were ordered to be demolished a week ago by the Supreme Court since it was built on amenity land.
KDA Officers’ Club
The KDA Officers’ Club was demolished in accordance with SC instructions, and the work took about a week to complete. The KMC Director stated that a daily record of anti-encroachment actions is kept. The SC will get the final report.
According to the reports shared by KMC Katchi Abadis Senior Director Mazhar Khan, 2,630 houses have been razed so far. However, in a survey by NED University, 3,100 houses have been demolished to widen the nullah.
The encroachments from both sides of the nullah are being removed. It includes encroachment from Café Payala to Landi Kotal Bridge. On the right side, it will range from Landi Kotal Bridge to Ziauddin Hospital. Besides, KMC will remove structures from Lyari Expressway, near Haji Mureed Goth till Chona Depot in Liaquatabad.
KMC Director Mazhar Khan revealed that three teams are removing structures along Orangi Nullah. The anti-encroachment drive will demolish structures near Pakistan Bazaar police station; from Khyber Puliya to Banaras and from Chaman Cinema to Banaras.
Reportedly, 1,467 houses have been razed while according to the NED report, 2,100 houses been destroyed at Orangi Nullah.