Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) to demolish all unlawful wedding halls along Korangi Road within four weeks, news sources reported. The SBCA has stated that demolition will begin within a week.
According to sources, an SBCA representative stated that the authority has given a notice to the proprietors of the wedding halls to evacuate the area before the operation begins. The verdict came after a hearing last week (February 6) at the Supreme Court (SC) Karachi Registry on the concerns of 35 unlawfully erected marquees and wedding halls along Korangi Road. The three-member SC bench was informed that all 35 marquees had been established on property allocated by the SBCA for residential use. During the most recent hearing, the Supreme Court bench also observed that the proprietors of the marriage halls had paid specific regularisation costs to the authorities for the conversion of residential land to commercial land. However, no formal document to that effect was ever issued by the authorities.
It is also worth noting that the Supreme Court has begun an anti-encroachment campaign in Karachi in order to rebuild the city in accordance with its original master plan. Furthermore, SBCA Director-General (DG) Iftikhar Qaimkhani had demanded a list of unlawfully built buildings, wedding halls, and other structures in the city so that necessary action could be taken.