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KMC demolishes 50 shops at Karachi’s Jubilee Market

They were built on a stormwater drain

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 28, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 28, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

KMC’s anti-encroachment department demolished 50 shops at Karachi’s Jubilee Market on Wednesday. The shops were built on stormwater drain.

The anti-encroachment drive at Karachi Jubilee Market started after a delay of over three hours. The anti-encroachment operation was scheduled to begin at 9am but was delayed because of the protest staged by the Jubilee Market Association and shopkeepers.

The protesters chanted slogans against the Sindh government and KMC, and some even lay down in front of the heavy machine.

The police teams escorted the KMC officials started baton-charged the protesters to disperse them. The protesters were then arrested.

KMC Anti-Encroachment Department Senior Director Bashir Siddiqui said there are at least 164 shops are located at Jubilee Market. These shops were constructed on stormwater drains 30 years ago.

Siddiqui said 32 shops were demolished few months ago, adding the department demolished 50 shops on Wednesday.

“Eighty-two out of 164 shops have been demolished, while 82 more shops are to be demolished,” Siddiqui added.

He said the anti-encroachment drive at Jubilee Market would be end on Friday.

The KMC senior director said the department issued eviction notices to the shopkeepers weeks ago.

On July 1, the floor of the market sunk, resulting collapsed of 11 shops. After the incident, the district administration sealed the market and eviction notices were served to the shopkeepers for further action.    

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