Karachi: The Supreme Court (SC) Karachi Registry has issued directives for the federal and provincial governments to consult the city administration and town planning experts prior to the relocation of people dwelling in katchi abadis — with these individuals set to be moved to the well-equipped buildings that the government recently constructed for this purpose, according to news sources.
The directives were announced through a 40-page verdict that followed a two-day court proceeding held on the matter of illegal encroachments in the city. The hearing was presided by a three-judge SC bench, which was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, and also included Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Faisal Arab.
Attorney General (AG) Anwar Mansoor Khan and Advocate General Sindh Salman Talibuddin took the opportunity to list the various issues faced by the city; with both officials focusing on the katchi abadis that occupy major and prominent chunks of land in the heart of Karachi.
The bench was informed that the provincial and federal governments were already planning to relocate these residents into appropriately constructed structures that had been fitted with all the basic amenities. In turn, this would help create open breathing spaces to improve the overall environment of the city.
The AG Sindh further stated that the provincial government had already formed a committee that featured prominent town and city planners to provide recommendations for proper rehabilitation of katchi abadi residents.