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The police released the KBT members who were arrested for opposing the Gujjar nullah operation | Instant News


Gulberg police released three Karachi Bachao Tehreek members, who were detained for opposing Gujjar nullah anti-encroachment operations Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday, a team from the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation anti-encroachment department reached the Farooq-e-Azam Colony in FB Area Block-12 with heavy machinery to destroy houses built along the sewer.

KBT organizer Khurram Ali, Abid Asghar and others also visited the site. They told KMC staff that residents had filed a case with an anti-encroachment court, which is likely to arrest the demolition of the house. KBT members said the court had asked for answers from the authorities on April 14 and that until then, the demolition of certain houses had been postponed.

KMC staff told KBT representatives that they did not destroy the house whose owner had been granted a residence permit. But the demolition of the house mentioned by the KBT members has not yet been detained, they said.

There was a heated argument between the two sides, after which KMC officials called the police. Gulberg police reached the venue and detained KBT Chairman Khurram Ali, Abid Asghar, Bashir, Shayan and Sheeraz.

Ali told SAMAA Digital that they went to the Farooq-e-Azam Colony to support residents’ efforts to save their homes.

“I told them that the residents had posted a notice issued to the authorities on their house and asked them to set aside this house for two days,” he said.

KBT organizers accused KMC staff of threatening them with dire consequences before calling the police to arrest them.

KMC Anti-Encroachment Department Deputy Director Masroor Iqbal said staff were busy with the anti-encroachment movement when some people came and tried to stop it.

“One of them, Khurram (KBT organizer) told me to show me the demolition notice of the house and I asked why I had to show him because he is not a resident of the area,” he said.

Iqbal said he told them they would not touch the houses that the court had granted residency permits, but they could not spare the rest.

Khurram and his colleagues attacked KMC staff and he had no choice but to call the police, he added.

However, the police later released the KBT representatives on the guarantee that they would not take over the law or interfere with government business again.

Problem

Residents of the Blok-12 and Blok-17 FB Areas filed a case in the anti-encroachment court on April 3, asking him to stop KMC from destroying their homes built on “leased land”.

They said that their plot had been legally leased by the landlord agent and they built their house after fulfilling all the formalities.

The court has summoned the chief secretary of Sindh, director general of the Sindh Authority Katchi Abadi, administrator of the KMC, director of anti-encroachment of the KMC and deputy commissioner of the District Center along with written replies regarding the demolition of houses in these areas.

KMC has been working to expand Gujjar nullah. It is one of three rainwater channels to be widened to ensure smooth flow of rainwater. The other two are Mehmoodabad and Orangi nullahs.

The Sindh government decided to eliminate encroachment around this water channel after the urban floods in August 2020 in the city.

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Sindh forms a committee for the resettlement of victims of the Karachi nullah operation | Instant News


The Sindh government has set up a working committee for the rehabilitation and resettlement of families displaced in anti-encroachment operations on rainwater channels in Karachi.

The working committee is chaired by Commissioner Karachi Navid Ahmed Shaikh. It will also have a deputy commissioner, a KMC city commissioner, one senior official each from KDA, MDA and LDA and DMC, a technical expert and two members of civil society.

The committee will prepare a working paper containing recommendations and suggestions from all members. It will complete the recommendation within four weeks of feedback from all members.

The working committee will thoroughly examine the case and recommend the resettlement and rehabilitation of affected families.

The working committee has formed two review committees. The I-Review Committee will be chaired by Amber Alibhai, general secretary of Shehri Citizens for a Better Environment.

The Review Committee-II will be chaired by City Commissioner KMC Afzal Zaidi.

Review Committee-I will indicate the affected areas. It will collect details of affected families in a transparent manner, preserve and compile records with the assistance of technical experts, and hand it over to the government.

Review Committee-II will finalize its recommendations after receiving reports from Review Committee-I and members of the Revenue Council and other landowning institutions. After completing its recommendations, it will submit a report to the Karachi commissioner.

The resettlement committee will act on the reports of the two review committees.

However, Shehri-CBE Secretary General Amber Alibhai told SAMAA Digital that she has not decided to be part of the review committee. Shehri-CBE has a board and its members will make the final decision on this, he said.

He said officials approached Shehri-CBE and asked him to be part of an important meeting at the Karachi Commissioner Building about anti-encroachment operations on the Karachi aqueduct. “I have forwarded the government’s proposal to the Shehri-CBE council for a final decision,” Alibhai said.

“We are not involved in anything that is not under our command,” he told SAMAA Digital. “We have to make sure we don’t get used to other people’s advantages.”

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KMC anti-encroachment operations continued along Gujjar Karachi and Orangi nullahs | Instant News


Karachi Metropolitan Corporation is simultaneously eliminating encroachment from Gujjar and Orangi nullah in the city.

Anti-encroachment operations along Gujjar nullah began February 18, while officials began clearing the Orangi nullah on February 26.

How far has this rainwater drain been cleared?

Gujjar nullah

KMC has eliminated soft encroachment on both sides of Gujjar nullah 12.8km. This is the longest drain of rainwater in Karachi

The KMC team has also removed the concrete structures on both sides of the 2.5 km long drainage line, according to KMC Senior Director Bashir Siddiqui.

“We will hand over the cleared area to the Frontier Works Organization on Wednesday to begin road construction,” he told SAMAA Digital. “The remaining 10.3 km area will be cleared before the rainy season.”

KMC marked 4,058 concrete structures for demolition on both sides of the conduit. Of these, 3,137 units will be affected by more than 30%. The caretakers will be given a rent of Rs 15,000 per month for two years.

Orangi nullah

Orangi nullah have also been cleaned of all soft encroachment. It took KMC 12 days.

It will now begin removing the concrete structure from the sewer, according to Siddiqui. Officials will distribute compensation checks among the residents of 250 homes on Thursday.

A total of 1,703 concrete buildings are on both sides of the Orangi nullah. Among them, the KMC will destroy 1,127 units up to 30% or more.

The Sindh government decided to eliminate encroachment around the waterways after the urban floods in August 2020 in the city.

It commissioned the NED University’s Department of Infrastructure Engineering and Urban Development to provide a permanent technical solution to this problem. The NED University team decided to expand Mehmoodabad, Gujjar and Orangi nullah first.

KMC started removing encroachment from Mehmoodabad nullah in the first week of January. The operation is over in a month.

A total of 239 concrete buildings were destroyed in the Mehmoodabad nullah operation. Of them, 59 units were destroyed 30% or more.

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KMC moves to clear the Orangi nullah Karachi from encroachment | Instant News


Karachi Metropolitan Corporation will begin anti-encroachment operations along the 11.25km Orangi nullah on Friday, officials said.

In the first phase, KMC and the district government will remove soft encroachment from the rainwater channels.

It is one of three water channels that were widened to ensure smooth flow of rainwater. The other two are nullah Gujjar and Mehmoodabad.

The Sindh government decided to eliminate encroachment around this water channel after the urban floods in August 2020 in Karachi.

Mazhar Khan, KMC’s senior director for Katchi Abadis, said the operation would start from Old Golimar, where the Orangi nullah ended. The KMC team will remove soft encroachment from Old Golimar into the West deputy commissioner’s office on Friday.

The KMC Katchi Abadis department has marked the concrete structures on both sides of the sewer for dismantling. The marking was carried out according to a survey report from the NED University team.

“As per the NED survey, KMC has marked more than 1,700 buildings,” Khan told SAMAA Digital. “Each structure has also been assigned an ID.”

The ID number is basically a code that will contain all the details of the structure destroyed in the records of the KMC, district administration, and other departments.

KMC’s plan to eliminate encroachment

About 2,000 concrete buildings will be demolished on both sides of the Orangi nullah. The 11.25 km long sewer starts from the Iqbal Market police station in Orangi City and ends near Golimar Tua.

The Department of Urban Engineering & Infrastructure of the NED University has submitted a technical study on the Orangi nullah to the Sindh government.

The NED team has slightly altered its plans in the Orangi nullah case, compared to its strategy in Mehmoodabad and Gujjar nullahs, said Dr Adnan Qadir, head of NED University’s Department of Urban Engineering & Infrastructure.

“Instead of 2,656 buildings, we have marked about 2,000 units for demolition on both sides of the channel,” he told SAMAA Digital. “This is because we are working to increase the depth of the nullah in its width.”

The NED University team chose to increase the depth because the drainage is naturally deep and sloping due to the surrounding hilly area. Experts recommend increasing the depth to ensure smooth flow of rainwater.

The technical study of the Orangi nullah reduced the number of concrete structures to be dismantled from 2,656 to 2,000.

More than 600 concrete structures can be saved by increasing the channel depth. This will save the Sindh government millions of rupees in compensation.

The width of the drain varies from 20 feet at the starting point to 98 feet where it ends, according to the study. The depth will increase by 8 feet at the starting point to 14 feet at the end.

The NED University team has recommended 30 feet of free space on either side of the sewer for expressway construction.

Dr Qadir said the NED team will survey all 41 rainwater channels and submit a joint report to Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah before the monsoons.

KMC clears 15 feet of space on either side of Mehmoodabad nullah. It took KMC and the district government more than a month. A road is being built on either side of the sewer.

KMC began eliminating encroachment along Gujjar nullah on 18 February. The operation is not finished.

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More than 70 concrete buildings were destroyed in the Gujjar nullah Karachi operation | Instant News


The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation demolished 75 concrete structures during the ongoing anti-encroachment operation along Gujjar nullah.

The operation was launched Thursday. KMC began cleaning up rainwater drains from the Nala Bus Stop in New Karachi.

KMC Senior Director Bashir Siddiqui said they were targeting encroachment on the 4 km route from the Nala stop to Shafiq Morr.

“We have completed 90% of the demolition work on the left side of the Prophet,” he said. “About 40% of the work has been completed on the right side.”

Nearly 120 houses and concrete structures are in the 4 km long patch, according to the official. KMC has not dismantled the 45 houses on the right bank of the sewer.

The operation was affected because of the residents’ protests, said Siddiqui. He said the government gave them a payment order, not a compensation check, which the bank didn’t cash out right away.

The 4 km long drainage channel will be cleared of disruption on Saturday, KMC officials said. That part will then be handed over to the Border Works Organization for road construction, he said.

The authorities have decided that the Gujjar nullah construction work will be carried out in conjunction with the demolition process. KMC will hand over the cleared areas to the FWO every three days.

Siddiqui said they had used their own power together with the anti-encroachment team to dismantle the concrete structure.

“We are currently demolishing the concrete structure manually,” he said. “The use of heavy equipment carries the risk of damage outside the marked areas.”

Last week, KMC cleared the channels of all soft encroachment.

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