Karachi (Web Desk) Authorities on Monday initiated an extensive operation to remove encroachments in the metropolis’ Saddar area.
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s anti-encroachments personnel, along with K-Electric workers, began clearing out the land in front of the Passport Office.
The anti-encroachment operation was also started around Empress Market and Parking Plaza today.
Heavy contingents of police and rangers also took part in the drive.
Encroachments, it was reported, could still be seen at various spots in the Saddar locality, despite the Supreme Court’s orders to the Karachi mayor to have them removed.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, on October 27, had heard a case against land mafia in Karachi at the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry.
During the hearing, attended by Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar and Ameer Sheikh, the additional inspector-general of police (AIG) for Karachi, Justice Nisar had asked IG Karachi if he was going to remove the illegal encroachments.
“Will you tell us your plan regarding the removal of illegal encroachments in the city,” the top judge had inquired, to which, Sheikh said: “We are ready to cooperate.”
Mayor Karachi had told the court that more than 70 percent of the Empress Market had been cleared.
To this, the top judge had remarked that areas around Empress Market also needed to be cleared. “You do not need permission from anyone else, the court has given you the order.”
Assuring the court, Akhtar had said: “We will completely clear out Saddar.”
Back in May 2018, a similar operation was carried out; however, the encroachments had remained in place.
The operation led to a massive traffic jam in the adjoining areas such as II Chundrigar, PIDC, Saddar and other areas.