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Illegal Karachi residential project demolition will take three more days

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 25, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Posted: Feb 25, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Illegal Karachi residential project demolition will take three more days

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The demolition of an illegal residential building, the Royal Park Residency, is continuing for the last two days.

It started Monday evening.

The Royal Park Residency is an eight-storey building constructed on amenity plot number 333 on Main Rashid Minhas Road adjacent to Aladdin Park in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block No 11.

On February 21, a three-member bench headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, in its interim order, directed the Karachi commissioner to clear encroachment from amenity plots.

The apex court said that the Sindh government’s revenue department illegally sold two acres of amenity land near Aladdin Park for the purpose of construction of a residential-commercial multi-storied building on Rashid Minhas Road.

It observed that all documents relating to the transfer of land, lease and allotment were fake and must be cancelled.

The Karachi commissioner was told to submit a report about the allotments and the present status of land in Karachi.

The Royal Park Residency project stretched over two acres of land. The Board of Revenue allotted two acres each to the China Builders, Mustafa Company and Combined Builders. Construction started in 2014.

Jamal Qureshi, who is heading the demolition operation, told SAMAA Digital that the Royal Park Residency was a 16-storey residential project in which the builder erected an eight-storey grey structure at the back side and two-storeys at the front.

He said it will take three more days to flatten the two-storey grey structure. The eight-storey structure will be demolished in the next phase.

There are a total 417 luxury apartments each with five rooms in the project. The cost of one unit was Rs8.7million and all apartments were booked in 2014.

The allotees were also present during the demolition operation.

They demanded strict legal action against the Sindh Building Control Authority officers who were involved in issuing the building plan approval of the amenity plot.

They want their investment money returned from the builders.

SBCA Additional Director-General Ashkar Dawar told SAMAA Digital that the Board of Revenue treated and declared the land as a “commercial plot” and allotted it to the builders in the commercial category.

The Master Plan Group of Offices then approved the layout and sent it to SBCA for approval, Dawar confirmed.

The SBCA additional director-general said that the plan was approved in the 2012-13 period during the tenure of former SBCA Director-General Manzoor Qadir alias Kaka.

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  1. Avatar
      Muhammad Sabir  February 26, 2020 12:21 pm/ Reply

    What is the difference in between current gov: & the past. Past Gov:were blamed/NABisation/jailed mostly just 1 party named PMLN while 99% nearly 100% political parties is/was involved in misappropriation of funds in trillions of RS./$ being corruption found.But trial is continued just mostly 1 party. It is advised definitely internal/external instruction may be followed to destruction of Pakistan by using Pakistani National after brain washing of them through several decade of times spent on them. But I do not blame to the forces behind them, I must say that this is fault of our nationals (BAY ZAMEER POLITICIAN(S) who are involved directly/indirectly to destroy the country as well as NATION. The property(illegal) in Islamabad has to be legalized by the current gov: and billion/trillion of Rs.saved by the beneficiary thr: Gov: THis is also corruption but self ordered to legalized that is why this is not fall under the jurisdiction of NAB. but the same issue is Karachi where the billion of RS. property destroyed in the name of illegal is destroyed in the name of illegal construction. ONE ISSUE TWO WAY OF DECISION. ONE FOR SELF/THE PEOPLE LIKE THEM AND 2ND FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IS IT JUSTIFIED? thwy should know that ALLAH is watching to every one, tomorrow you will also be get just 1 piece of land just 2 by 6 feet for rest of life till qayama like other people and your all injustice will remain here and punishment will be …………. Any How this is just on your part…………………………….By the way it was announced very forcefully that we have increased in pensions of EOBI pensioners RS.2000/- per month w.e.f. January 2020.But now February is going to end and no increase yet released. Allah karay Tum bee EOBI pensioner hoa jao aur EOBI kaa paisa koi aur kha jay aur tumharee pension ruk jai aur phir tum bhee ……………Khuda karay………..phir shayad tumhain kuch ehsaas hoa.

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      Amir  February 26, 2020 3:48 pm/ Reply

    Simple case of bribery by honourable bureaucracy ; arrest them, recover 80% money from them, and pay it back to affectees. Remainder 20 % may be recovered from the owner of the property.

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