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September 16, 2018

Judicial commission seeks comments on encroachments


September 16, 2018

KARACHI: The Judicial Commission, dealing with clean drinking water, sanitation and healthy environment to the people of the province, on Saturday directed the director military lands and cantonment board Karachi to file comments about the construction of shops and wall at Shara-e-Faisal’s overhead bridge and other amenity purpose land.

The commission headed by Justice (R) Amir Hani Muslim inquired from the director military lands and the cantonment board’s chief executive officer as how encroachments were made at the overhead bridges and commercial activities were allowed at Shara-e-Faisal and other land reserved for amenity purpose.

The Director Military Lands and the CEO cantonment board submitted that the construction pointed out was being carried out by the military authorities and sought time to file the comments. The court was informed that issue of commercial use of wall which although has been disposed of by the Supreme Court but the same does not address the proposed construction as apparently at that point of time the Supreme Court was only concerned about the use of walls for advertisement. The Member Task force submitted that several other encroachments were made at Shara-e-Faisal’s overhead bridge near FTC and Baloch Colony.

The commission observed that although the commission has not been assigned the object of the nature to record any findings however issues of the nature on the main roads will have direct bearing on water, sanitation and municipal waste. The Member Task Force, Asif Hyder Shah suggested that commissioner Karachi and the director military lands and cantonments may hold a meeting with the relevant authorities on the issue of Shara-e-Faisal at FTC overhead bridge and submit a report. The commission directed that the joint report shall be submitted by the commissioner Karachi and director military lands and cantonment boards within 15 days. The commission observed that for remaining issues on Shara-e-Faisal, the focal person will sit with the relevant agencies and submit a report to the commission within 15 days.

The commission also issued notices to the director general Sindh Solid Waste Management Board, managing director Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, deputy commissioner East and others on application of citizen Ms. Amber AliBhai against encroachment and non-supply of water in PECHS block 2. She submitted that due to encroachment and commercialization of roads, residents are facing difficulties in supply of water and sewerage related issues.

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