Government lands have illegally been occupied in different areas of city at different times
Chief Secretary Sindh, Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput, chaired a high-level meeting regarding the issues of illegal encroachments and water theft in Karachi and decided to take stringent measures to tackle these unlawful activities.
The meeting was attended by Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister of Local Government, Muhammad Iqbal Memon, Commissioner Karachi, Baqaullah Unar, Senior Member of the Board of Revenue, Syed Najam Ahmed Shah, Secretary Local Government, officials from the Malir Development Authority, Karachi Development Authority, Water Board Police, and Rangers.
During the meeting, the reports of encroachments on the lands of Malir Development Authority, Karachi Development Authority, and the Water Board were presented. Briefing the meeting the officials said that lands of Malir Development Authority (MDA), Karachi Development Authority (KDA) and Lyari Development Authority (LDA) have been illegally occupied in different city areas and at different times. They informed that they had also carried out various operations against these encroachments but encroachments resurface.
Chief Secretary Sindh stated that a strong operation will be carried out against encroachments and water thieves in the city of Karachi. “An operation will be conducted against illegal hydrants in the East and West districts of the city” he said. If illegal hydrants are reactivated, strict action will be taken against the concerned SHOs (Station House Officers) Said Chief Secretary.
Furthermore, Chief Secretary Sindh, Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput, emphasized that the police and Rangers will actively participate in the operation against encroachments and illegal hydrants alongside the district administration. He also announced the provision of necessary equipment to the Anti-Encroachment Force to tackle any resistance they may face.
Speaking at the meeting, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister of Local Government, stated that the operation against illegal encroachments will be conducted without any discrimination. He highlighted that the maximum amount of water theft is taking place in the East and West districts. He further mentioned that the budget for the Anti-Encroachment Force has been increased, and additional staff and powers will be granted to them. (PR)