Karachi: Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday sought the details of all amenity plots in Karachi and ordered Pakistan Railways to retrieve its land illegally occupied by unauthorised housing schemes in two separate cases, according to news sources.
Reportedly, a three-member bench of SC headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed ordered Karachi Development Authority (KDA) Director General (DG) to provide detailed report on the number of amenity plots in the city, their master plans, allotment records and the purpose these plots are being used for. CJP expressed displeasure on commercial encroachments on amenity plots that were allotted for parks, government hospitals and schools.
While presiding over a case of illegal occupation of Pakistan Railways land, the chief justice ordered the department to retrieve its land from unauthorised schemes. He said that the land was allotted to railways for operational purposes, which is being used for commercial purposes, and thousands of constructions are unlawfully developed on these lands. The court made these remarks when it was revealed that the land where a railway station was to be built, is occupied.
During SC’s hearing on Gujjar Nullah anti-encroachment operation, the court ordered the continuation of the said operation and stated that all illegal structures ‘will be brought down, and accountable officials will be brought to justice.