KARACHI: All marriage halls built over amenity plots must be cleared within one week, directed local government minister Sharjeel Memon on Thursday.
The minister was in a meeting with Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui at his office when he issued these directives. All district municipal corporations and officials of the anti-encroachment department must ensure these orders are carried out, Memon added.
“A majority of the amenity plots have either been converted into marriage halls or offices of political parties,” he pointed out. “I will take action against the relevant KMC officials if they failed to remove the encroachments.” All playgrounds, parks and other recreational places will be restored to their original shape, he added.
Memon also directed Farooqui to bring back the CNG buses on their original routes within one month. “The CM has already given clear instructions to KMC officials that all out-of-order buses parked at the garages should immediately be put on roads,” he said, assuring that the Sindh government is ready to provide all the required assistance for it.
During the meeting, KMC local tax department officials were directed to ensure all illegal billboards and hoardings are removed and asked the officials to free all streetlights and poles from such commercial outdoor publicity material.
He also took strong exception to the accumulation of heaps of garbage and domestic waste in every nook and cranny of Karachi. The DMC administrators and municipal commissioners must speed up their efforts to clean their areas, he stressed.
Memon will be paying surprise visits to the municipalities. “If I find these officials negligent in implementing today’s decisions, the administrators and municipal commissioner will be held responsible for it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Farooqui presented a performance report of the DMCs and assured the minister that action will be taken against encroachers.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2014.