KARACHI: The opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, opposed the demolition of residential units that stood in the way of the Karachi circular railway (KCR) and said that the project could not work in any way in three months, ARY NEWS reported.
“The officials have assured the superior court to start the project within three months, however, after my meeting with the Deputy Superintendent Railways, it is clear that there is no possibility of making the KCR project work at the prescribed time,” he said. .
He vehemently rejected the idea of demolishing housing units on KCR land without providing alternative housing facilities to those affected.
Naqvi said that according to the apex court directives, demolitions could only be made after making arrangements for the installation of alternative housing.
“Years have passed, but no single initiative has been taken to provide alternatives to those affected who were not aware of the illegality of the land at the time of purchase,” he said.
He also demanded that the authorities arrest the railroads and the officials of the construction authority whose link allowed the invasion of government lands. “At first, measures must be taken against all the guilty,” Naqvi said.
Considering it an injustice with the people of the city, the opposition leader asked why the masses had to endure the worst part of the irregularities committed by government officials.
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“This issue must be taken in a humanitarian context,” he said and announced that they would not allow anyone commit this injustice with the people of the metropolis.
In addition, he raised doubts about the rush shown by government authorities to demolish the constructions on the KCR road and demanded that the Minister of Railways, Sheikh Rasheed, first clean up invasions on the railroad lands in his constituency.