KARACHI: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator Mohammad Hussain Syed said on Sunday that land grabbers had become active once again and ordered officials to start removing them. Syed paid a visit to Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and KDA Society, where he alleged that land belonging to the KMC was illegally occupied. “No one would be allowed to encroach upon amenity plots,” a KMC statement quoted him as saying. “We will go after [encroachers] with full force.” However, anti-encroachment department director Abdul Malik said that removing encroachers from Gadap, Liaquatabad and Baldia towns had become a problem for the authorities. “[The culprits] are like a mafia. Our workers came under fire on numerous occasions.” Malik also criticised utility companies for providing water, power and gas connections to illegal settlements.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2012.