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Gujjar, Mehmoodabad nullah damages checks resume, new areas targeted

Anti-encroachment drive continues in full steam in District South

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 9, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 9, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago

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The government has picked up on the compensation that remained for the people who were evicted or suffered a loss of property when Gujjar and Mehmoodabad nullahs were cleared, a senior KMC official told Samaa Digital on Thursday.

The distribution of checks was halted in July because it was the start of the new financial year. “The process has resumed in September,” senior director of KMC’s anti-encroachment Bashir Siddiqui said.

He said that 90% of people affected by the anti-encroachment drive had been paid.

The Sindh government had fixed compensation at Rs90,000 for a six-month period, and the checks would continue to be handed over for two years.

The checks have been issued with the signatures of the Karachi additional commissioner and KMC’s metropolitan commissioner.

On Thursday, KMC’s anti-encroachment department targeted South District. Teams removed paan cabins, tea stalls and accessories, poultry cages, pushcarts and puncture kiosks.

These small businesses are officially referred to as “encroachments”. They were removed from footpaths near Garden Shama Palace, Fawara Chowk and Jillani Mosque. KMC officials “confiscated” this property and loaded them in their trucks.

The “anti-encroachment” operation was supervised by deputy directors Asif Jetha and Noman Ahmed. Police from the area and city wardens accompanied the anti-encroachment staff just in case violence broke out.

Bashir Siddiqui said that they were working against encroachments in all Karachi districts and not just one area. “Major anti-encroachment operations are continuing at two big stormwater drains Gujjar Nullah and Orangi Nullah,” he said. “Almost 98% of the demolition work has been completed at both.”

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