KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday once again directed the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to remove encroachments from the Jahangir Park, Saddar by 31st October 2015.
SHC bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat was hearing a petition filed by some citizens in which they sought rehabilitation of the Jahangir Park and removal of encroachments from it.
On Monday’s hearing Administrator KMC appeared before the court and produced medical certificate of his illness. The court directed the KMC to remove encroachments from the park by 31st October.
Earlier on 16th September, the court had directed the KMC to demolish quarters established on park’s land and accommodate their occupants within seven days but it failed to do so.
On the last hearing the SHC directed Administrator KMC to appear before it and tell the court why its order of had not been complied with yet.
The petitioners submitted that the park has historical importance, but now it has become a haven for drug abusers due to the negligence of relevant administration.
They pleaded the court that minibus and rickshaw stands have been established in the park, ruining its beauty. “Encroachment, fruit stalls and pushcarts around the park have ruined the park’s beauty,” the petitioners submitted.
The petitioners prayed to the court to direct the administration to remove encroachments, minibus stands and other obstacles from the land around the park. They requested the court that the park should be developed again. The court was further requested to direct the concerned authorities to rehabilitate the park and remove encroachments from it so that it can be used for public recreation once again.
The Jahangir Park has historical importance as it was gifted to Karachiites in 1893 by a Parsi philanthropist, Khan Behramjee.