Karachi: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has decided to lodge criminal cases against traders involved in re-establishing encroachments, a news source reported. The violators would be booked under relevant sections of Pakistan Penal Code and Sindh Public Property (Removal of Encroachment) Act.
The city administration has already promised to provide alternative business units to as many as 3,500 traders displaced during the ongoing anti-encroachment drive.
Sindh Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani said the city administration would accommodate 3,500 KMC tenants in temporary structures in the first phase. The shops would be constructed in KMC markers and government land. In the second phase, he added, displaced traders not paying rent to KMC would be provided a place to run their businesses.
Meanwhile, KMC continued its anti-encroachment operations and removed the extended floors and other encroachments in front of shops in Khori Garden area of South district.
The officials concerned demolished hotels and shops built on footpaths around Munawwar Chowrangi at Gulistan-i-Jauhar. They also removed 12 shops and 25 floors near Munawwar Hospital, Block H of North Nazimabad.