KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday observed that the Revenue Department, the Sindh Building Control Authority and the sub-registrar’s office in Karachi had become the place to print billions of rupees.
Hearing the petition against illegal encroachment on public parks and amenities in Karachi, the three-member Supreme Court judges, led by Supreme Court Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, took exception to Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah for not taking appropriate action to improve the country. Karachi’s affair despite court directions.
The court observed that the chief minister of Sindh was directed to submit a report regarding steps being taken to improve the situation in Karachi due to the complete collapse of all civilian bodies in the city, however, the CM report provided clear information. to the Revenue Council, SBCA and Karachi Water and Wastewater Council stating that “all is well” in the department.
The court observed that the Sindh Building Control Authority was acting on behalf of the builders and that they could permit the construction of buildings even in the Chief Minister’s House and the Supreme Court building.
The court observed that the SBCA offices and sub-registrars in the city had become the top places to print money and billions of rupees were accumulated by these departments.
The court took exception to the construction of a high-rise building in Shahra-e-Faisal near the Sindhi Muslim Housing Community by breaching a service road and asking the SCBA director general how multi-storey buildings were allowed to be built on it. manipulated and fake documents.
The court observed that there were other people involved in SBCA affairs behind the scenes and the role of DG SBCA was nothing but a stamp. The Court observed that DG SBCA should be aware that all its negligence in connection with the unauthorized construction award will lead to the registration of a National Accountability Bureau case. The court observed that it is time for high-ranking government officials to raise eyebrows as has happened in cities.
The court also ordered the Karachi commissioner to remove all wedding halls in residential areas regardless of jurisdiction and submit a compliance report. The court was notified that 158 wedding halls on the facility grounds had been removed.
The court directed the marriage hall counselor in the Korangi area to debate how the status of the residential land could be converted into commercial purposes under the Sindh Building statutory regulations.
The court also took exception to the behavior of the Karachi commissioner in filing a compliance report on the court order and ordered the Sindh government to replace the commissioner with several capable officers, who had knowledge of Karachi affairs.
The court was notified that the illegal building had been removed from Bagh-e-Ibn Qasim and the YMCA area. The court directed the commissioners to restore parks and playgrounds in Bagh-e-Ibne Qasim and the YMCA and submitted a report in this regard.
The chief judge expressed surprise at the appointment of Mukhtiarkar Ferozabad in the East district by the Sindh Revenue Department for maintaining land records relating to the federal government and observing that he learned for the first time that Mukhtiarkar of the Revenue Department was operating. for land relating to federal territory. The Court observed that it was hoped that Mukthiarkar would be appointed to administer the DHA land.
Advocate General Sindh tries to defend Mukhtiarkar’s appointment under the Land Revenue Law because of land transfers. The court observed that the advocate general tried to defend the law, which did not apply on federal territory land.
The court observed that no one knew what was going on in the city and how much trouble residents faced when the courts themselves faced difficulties in resolving problems. The court directed the advocate general of Sindh, SBCA, to file a report regarding the approval of multi-storey buildings on the service road encroached on in the area as well as Mukhtiarkar BOR’s role on land associated with federal territory.
Regarding the operation of the Karachi Loop Railway, the court ordered the Border Works Organization to complete the underpass and flyovers for the smooth running of the Karachi Circular Railway within nine months. The Court was notified by the Railways Secretary that the circular rail was operating on a 30 kilometer line from Pipri to Kota Orangi while other services would operate upon completion of underpasses at 14 different places for the smooth running of the KCR.
The transportation secretary conveyed that the provincial government has released Rs25 million to the FWO for the underpass pre-design feasibility and a meeting is also scheduled for April 10 to discuss the construction of the underpass and overhead bridge.
The FWO representative stated that the organization will try to complete the project within the time given by the Supreme Court and in any case the FWO will hand over the construction project to Pakistan Railways within nine months. The advocate general, Sindh, said that the Sindh government would fencing the KCR line in a timely manner.