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The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has again scheduled an anti-encroachment operation to demolish illegally constructed bungalows on amenity land of Hill Park, Kohsar.

It sent final notices to the residents of these bungalows on
September 14.

KMC had previously scheduled an operation in February, 2020 after orders by the Supreme Court, but it was later postponed on the instructions of then Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani.

Why was it delayed?

The then Karachi commissioner had asked KMC not to initiate the demolition as the matter “needed more working”.

He had asked the authorities concerned to work more over the
legality of other bungalows constructed around Hill Park.

The former commissioner believed the number of illegal
bungalows constructed around Hill Park was more than four, KMC Anti-encroachment
Department Senior Director Bashir Siddqui had said.

Siddiqui said that there are around 150 bungalows of
different categories around Hill Park.

The KMC administration had already served eviction notices
to the residents of four of these bungalows with a deadline of February 27.

After the survey, it was found that the total number of
illegal bungalows is five. They are constructed on the slope of Hill Park.

Siddiqui confirmed to SAMAA Digital they have served final
notices to the residents. He said the operation is scheduled for September 22.

KMC has a proper plan, says Siddqui.

The five bungalows are constructed over 0.89 acres of Hill
Park’s land. The bungalow numbers are 38/G/1, 38/G/1-A, 38/G/1-B, 38/G/1-C.
These bungalows are constructed on 0.41 acres of amenity land, while Plot No
39-G is constructed on 0.38 acres and Raval Masjid on 0.10 acres.

KMC has already written letters to the East SSP, Pakistan Rangers
and anti-encroachment force to provide security to the KMC staff during the anti-encroachment
operation.

He said the KMC has also asked the K-Electric, Sui Southern Gas
Company and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board to disconnect utility connections
of these bungalows before September 22.

Siddiqui said Hill Park land is for the public. He clarified
that the residents will be responsible for any loss, if they do not vacate the
bungalows within seven days.

Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Society Executive Engineer
Muhammad Nasir confirmed to SAMAA Digital that the “38 mark” housing stretch is
“illegal” as it falls under Hill Park Kohsar land.

He says the five bungalows are present in the PECHS
part-plan (creation of plots), but not present in the final layout plan of the
society.

Nasir said this part-plan was approved in the mid 70s and
the residential units were constructed by carving out the hills of Hill Park,
Kohsar land.

Abdul Gh Lone

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