Karachi: As many as 2,000 traders displaced during the ongoing anti-encroachment drive will be provided alternative business units, a news source quoted Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah would allot the land after returning from China.
He claimed that the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) suffered losses worth PKR 40 million as many KMC tenants were displaced when the buildings constructed by the civic body were demolished on Supreme Court orders.
Legitimate tenants will be provided alternative spaces to reopen their businesses. They will be allotted shops in Parking Plaza and Shahabuddin Market. However, Akhtar said that those who owned illegal shops would not be compensated.
KMC had earlier announced it would lodge criminal cases against traders involved in re-establishing encroachments. The violators would be booked under relevant sections of Pakistan Penal Code and Sindh Public Property (Removal of Encroachment) Act.