SHC issues notices against allotment of green belt lands for advertisement


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday sought comments from Commissioner Karachi, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), District Municipal Corporation (DMC) South, advertising agencies and Director Park & recreation on the petition against allotment of green belt land for installing signboards.

SHC bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat took up the petition filed by Mazhar Ali Magsi who moved the court against allegedly allotment of green belt lands for signboards and advertisement.

The petitioner submitted that DMC South allotted three lands, which were originally allocated for green belt and footpath, to advertising agencies for installing signboards and Highmark.

According to the petitioner, the green belt lands of Clifton Garden 2, Dwa Chowrangi, Bilawal House and Ocean Mall Clifton have been given to advertisement agencies for 10 years for installing signboards. He submitted that green belt and footpath are meant of pedestrians and public benefit, giving these lands for installing signboards is illegal.

Citing chief secretary Sindh, KMC, DMC South and Director Park & recreation as respondents, the petitioners prayed the court to direct the authorities concerned to remove the signboards and highmark on way of green belts.

The court was also requested by the petitioner to direct the respondents to cancel the allotment of green belt land to the advertising agencies.

After the initial hearing, the court issued notices to Attorney General and respondents to file their comments on 27th October.