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SC orders razing of Karachi’s illegal structures!

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ISLAMABAD: SCP, noting that illegal structures had emerged on Jam Sadiq Ali Park, has ordered their removal and restoration of the park in its original condition. 

The SCP held: “DG SBCA is present before the Court. He admits that much wrong has been done to the city and such wrong is still continuing in that, amenity plots meant for parks, playgrounds and other amenities are being allowed to be occupied, converted and used for commercial exploitation.

“One of the main example of it is Jam Sadiq Ali Park on which marriage halls, markets, shopping centers apartments, petrol pumps, and CNG stations have been constructed and it was observed earlier that all these activities on Jam Sadiq Ali Park shall be removed, demolished and park restored to its original condition.

“DG SBCA has made a statement that he will ensure that this is done but till date, nothing has been done, rather an effort was made to justify the conversion of Jam Sadiq Ali Park into commercial plot for use of marriage halls, markets, shops, plazas, apartments, petrol pumps, and CNG stations etc. DG SBCA states that he will ensure to restore the park to its original position that of a park and remove and demolish all construction on the site of Jam Sadiq Ali Park and restore it as a public park with all facilities to its green areas for the enjoyment of the general public. DG states that he needs four weeks’ time for doing this exercise and give a report to this Court.

“Besides, Jam Sadiq Ali Park, there are so many other amenity plots in the city meant for parks, playgrounds and other amenity use as per the original Master Plan of the city which have been allowed to be converted into commercial use. DG shall take steps to have all such plots which were originally meant of residential purposes amenity plots and playgrounds to restore them to the original position and remove all illegal and unlawful construction on such plots. There seems to be an epidemic in the city of marriage halls, shopping malls, petrol pumps/CNG stations, and the houses are being allowed to be converted for these purposes. Besides, encroachments upon and change the use of amenity plots like playgrounds, parks and meant for other amenities.

“Henceforth, that is from today there is a complete ban on Master Plan Department of SBCA or any other authority of the City Government or Government of Sindh of allowing a change in the use of land. No such change of use of land shall be permitted. Conversion of residential houses and amenity plots meant for parks, playgrounds and other amenities, their conversion shall not be allowed for commercial use that of marriage halls, markets, shopping malls, apartments, marquees, petrol pumps/CNG stations etc. This complete ban in the cessation of conversion of residential plots, amenity plots like that of parks, playgrounds and other amenities shall apply all across Karachi City including cantonment areas. SBCA nor any other authority shall approve any conversion including pending ones.

“All conversion allowed by these authorities shall be reviewed and all efforts shall be made to ensure that eh land which was originally provided in the Master Plan of the City of Karachi is restored to that status. SBCA shall not approve any multistoried building plan on residential plots meant for residential houses, amenity plots like playgrounds, parks, and other amenities and all such approval given by SBCA shall be reviewed and any building constructed in violation of the original Master Plan in the city of Karachi shall be ensured to be restored to its original position. Environmental Department and all other Government Departments shall ensure that the city of Karachi is restored to that of its original Master Plan and no deviation from it should be allowed to be made. MPGO of SBCA shall not convert or allow to be converted the use of plot or land from its original use to that of any other use.

“All constructions which are illegally and unlawfully made in the city of Karachi shall be reviewed by the SBCA within a period of one month and a report in this respect shall be submitted to this Court, which should recommend the solution as to how these illegal and unlawful constructed buildings can be demolished and the plot/land put to its original use and how the people, who are occupying such buildings, will be compensated and provided alternate accommodation by SBCA from the funds generated by its own staff.

“Accountant General Sindh shall discuss the issue with the DG SBCA as to how the payment of emoluments to the staff of SBCA is to be released. Besides, Additional Advocate General Sindh has been asked to take instructions from Government of Sindh as to how the Government of Sindh can best address the situation more particularly of taking over the functions of SBCA including Master Planning of the cities all over Sindh and a response in this regard from Government of Sindh should be made available to this Court before the next date of hearing.

“The Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh shall be present before the Court and make a statement in this regard. It is informed by the Director General, SBCA that in respect of illegal building constructed in Lyari area inquiries have been ensued against the officials and that these inquiries will be finalized for which he needs one month time. Such one month time is allowed to him.

“Besides, Lyari area, as noted earlier similar illegal buildings have been constructed all over the city of Karachi and DG states that he is also taking up this matter and will proceed against all officials of SBCA who have played havoc with the city in allowing illegal, unplanned and filthy buildings in the city to eh builders who even do not care to ensure that the buildings are maintained after it is constructed and occupied as most of the buildings in the city as crumbling down with seepages and are without paint.

“All sorts of additional constructions of work have been made in them and they give such an ugly and destructive look to the city. It is for the Government to ensure that reasonably safe and good living is provided to the people of the city with all amenities which are essential to be provided by the State by building and zoning the city in appropriate manner with playgrounds, schools, colleges, universities, and hospitals easily accessible to the citizens with roads and transport.

“KW&SB have built on Officer Club and are running marriage halls on KW&SB land on Shahrah-e-Faisal which is meant to be used for KW&SB for amenity purposes. The construction of the Club and allowing of marriage functions on such land is not permissible by law and should be stopped forthwith. The Club building or any other construction shall immediately be demolished from such land.

“There should be a public park on whole of such land and in such park proper facilities for the general public shall be provided including plantation of trees, laying down grass and other beautifications. MD KW&SB shall be sure compliance of this order today and make a report to this Court on the next date of hearing. The matter is adjourned to 24.01.2019 when a further progress report in the matter shall be submitted before the Court.”

 

 

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Sri Lanka Easter Massacre toll rises to 310

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COLOMBO: Police spokesman here told NPTV that Easter bombings death toll has risen to 310, while five hundred got injured. 

President of Sri Lanka has given army war-time powers enabling them to arrest suspects.  It is pertinent to mention here that the forces used such authority throughout the 26-year-long civil war that ended in 2009.

It is pertinent to mention here that despite the arrest of forty suspects (including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers), an IED was found inside a vehicle near St. Anthony’s Church, here at Jampettah Road, Kochchikade yesterday (Monday 22nd April). It was disposed of by BDU via controlled explosion. 

A relevant piece published earlier:

SriLanka: 8 suicide bombings killed 210, injured 450

 

 

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Sri Lanka bomb attack victims: Pak NA observes 1-minute silence

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National Assembly session commences

ISLAMABAD: The members of National Assembly on Monday during the session at the Parliament House observed one-minute silence in memory of the citizens of Sri Lanka who lost their lives in bomb attacks.
The house also offered fateha for the departed souls of those who were martyred in two separate attacks in different parts of Balochistan recently.
Later, Speaker National Assembly announced a six-member panel of chairpersons for conducting the proceedings of the house in the absence of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
The Speaker named MNAs Tahir Sadiq, Jaffer Khan Leghari, Khurram Dastgir, Attaullah, Naveed Qamar and Asad Mehmood as members of the panel who would chair the proceedings of the House when the Speaker and Deputy Speaker would not be present in the house.
The Speaker announced the members for the panel according to section 13(1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of National Assembly 2007.

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Sri Lanka Govt.. declares state of emergency

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Sri Lanka parties file court challenge

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities have ordered a state of emergency to be introduced from midnight Monday following the deadly Easter attacks, the president’s office said.
The special measures are being brought in “to allow the police and the three forces to ensure public security,” the statement said, referring to the army, navy and air force.

 

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