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KMC demolishes footpath dastarkhawans: where can Karachi’s poor eat now?

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
Posted: Jun 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
Over 100 roadside setups razed in two days

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has razed more than 100 footpath dastarkhawans to the ground in the last two days as part of its anti-encroachment drive.

KMC says it is removing the roadside setups on orders of the Supreme Court. But has it arranged any alternative for the thousands of people who rely on these dastarkhawans for their meals at least twice a day?

Welfare organisations are likely to take a big hit in donations too because of these demolitions.

Philanthropist Ramzan Chhipa of the Chhipa Welfare Organisation says they stand with the authorities in their compliance, but the government, in consultation with the welfare organisations, could make arrangements for the continuation of these dastarkhawans elsewhere to provide meals to the poor two times a day.

“We are cooperating with the anti-encroachment staff of the KMC in its operation, but the authorities should think over the issue on humanitarian grounds,” Chhipa said.

KMC Anti-Encroachment Department Senior Director Bashir Siddiqui, meanwhile, says that the department is going to penalise welfare organisations this time if their installations are set up again after the removal.

Related: No space for welfare organisations, ambulances on Karachi’s footpaths

A fine of Rs15,000 to Rs25,000 will be imposed as per Rule 7 of the Anti-Encroachment Act, 1973, he said.

KMC started its drive against the installations of welfare organisations from District Central on Tuesday. Around 50 dastarkhawans and other installations were removed from the footpaths in Golimar, Gulberg, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Godra, New Karachi and Sohrab Goth.

District East was next.

Another 50 setups were razed from footpaths near Gulshan Chowrangi, Teen Hatti, Numaish, Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Sharae Quaideen, Lines Area and Sharae Faisal.

The remaining four districts will be targeted over the next four days.

The KMC senior director said that the corporation has planned its anti-encroachment operation in two phases: encroachments by welfare groups will be removed in the mornings and by restaurants in the evenings.

No welfare activity is being allowed on footpaths as per court orders, he said, adding that KMC has stopped issuing challans for the set up any type of stall, cabin or shop on footpaths.

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  1. Avatar
      Sheikh  June 13, 2019 1:12 am/ Reply

    terrible govt

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      Alam  June 13, 2019 1:20 am/ Reply

    Ghareebo se sympathy apni jaga hai… Or hume bhi hai… Lekin karachi ko kachre ka dhair banaya hua hai… Jiska dil kre footpath ko bap ki jageer samjhle.. 0hr kehte hein hum tarakki nagi krte….. Khana khilane wale rent pe jaga lein or khana khilaye bilkul mana nahi hai awam ki khidmat karne ka… Per tarike se… Safai nisf iman hai aone shehr ko saf suthra rkhein… Bht lush kaam ho rha hai alhamdulillah…

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      Nasima Sadiol  June 13, 2019 7:06 am/ Reply

    Being an Architect I used to say who allows to these NGOs to encroach roads and footpaths and land in the name of charity work. The cityscape, streetscape gets ruined. If they want to carry on then they should b doing in their limited plot.

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      Maryam hasani  June 13, 2019 9:02 am/ Reply

    How about those houses’s gates that have occupied the footpaths??wherever you go its the same…looks like no ones looking into them.

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      Taj Muhammad  June 13, 2019 10:30 am/ Reply

    The govt should remove all encroachment not only of choice.

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      Annie  June 13, 2019 12:31 pm/ Reply

    Poor will remain poor if you feed them like this on daily basis, and this is ok to remove all these types of dastarkhwans from streets, otherwise the problems of traffic and accidents will increase day by day, there are limits to do any work and deeds. Why people don’t want to understand that and continously accusing govt like idiots

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      Farman ahsan  June 13, 2019 4:59 pm/ Reply

    ye dastarkhan kisi ground mein houn main roads par it create traffic jams and illetrate people parks their rickshaws on road to get free food

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      Farman ahsan  June 13, 2019 5:01 pm/ Reply

    Bilkul sahi horaha hai

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      Parwana  June 13, 2019 7:02 pm/ Reply

    Sohail Khan will provide accommodation to those welfare organizations so Poors can get food. In fact, this kinda media plays both sides, without telling complete truth, who gave orders for this they’re not going to tell you people. I wonder when these media houses will be put to accountability. Do they pay their taxes properly.

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      Dr. Haneef Zakaria  June 13, 2019 8:34 pm/ Reply

    It is said that provide a fishing rod and not fish to the needy. You Mr. Ramzan Chhipa and the Saylanis are making the poor lazy had haraam.
    Please think over and do something for the betterment.

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      Mubashir  June 13, 2019 9:53 pm/ Reply

    These NGOs should not be allowed neither any one else to use footpath

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      Iqbal  June 14, 2019 12:26 am/ Reply

    Law is law enforcement is must

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      Fadi  June 18, 2019 1:33 pm/ Reply

    Good decision. These NGO’s should distribute the food in open grounds. The poor will come to get the food where ever you tell them.

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