Action against wheat hoarding: 20 factories, godowns sealed off

KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said on Friday that Sindh food department, while taking action against wheat hoarders, had recovered almost 40,0000 wheat bags and sealed off 20 factories and godowns, while FIRs have also been lodged against wheat hoarders.

This he said while talking to media men here at his residence. He said that raids against wheat hoarders were conducted in Sukkur, Panu Aqil, Naushero Feroz, Moro, Sanghar, Shahadpur, Kunri, Khairpur, Shahpur Chakar and Mirpurkhas, and recovered 40,0000 wheat bags and sealed off 20 factories and godowns while FIRs were also lodged against hoarders in Sanghar.

Replying to a question, Dahar said that Sindh food department had procured 1,024,000 tonnes wheat and the target of 13,00000 tonnes wheat would be achieved soon. “Action is being taken against the wheat hoarders and the positive results are coming out.

Flyover project case: SHC allows KMC application for urgent hearing

Karachi: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday allowed the application of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) seeking urgent hearing of appeals against suspension of construction work on a flyover and two underpasses in Clifton, Karachi.

KMC’s counsel filed an application, requesting SHC to fix the matter for an early hearing as it was of national importance and if the matter is delayed it would cause inconvenience to the public.

A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saddat Khan allowed the application while fixing matter for hearing on May 26.

KMC and real estate tycoon, Bahria Town, have approached the court challenging an order of SHC single bench that ordered suspension of construction on the traffic project.

KMC’s counsel Farooq H Naik submitted that huge investment had been made in pursuance of the project and entire excavation and major portion of the work has been completed. Besides investment, a lot of hardship was being caused to the commuters due to suspension of construction work, he added.

The project in question would ameliorate traffic congestion around the area of Park Towers and shrine of Abdullah Shah Gazi, he said, adding that the project is of natural importance and suspension of the work following the SHC orders was not only causing great inconvenience to general public also colossal loss to the KMC.

Earlier on April 29, the single bench of SHC Justice Munib Akhtar had allowed the application of DHA while ruling that “all construction in relation to the project is restrained and stopped immediately.”

He had directed Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to obtain a mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) report from Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) on the project.

Bahria Town’s counsel Fiaz Hussain Shah argued that SHC single bench had not taken into consideration the fact that DHA had no locus standi to institute the lawsuit as it had no concern with the project in question.

Shah said that entire road had massively been dug up and excavation work was already completed. Entire construction work on project had been stopped which was causing inconvenience to public, he added.

The counsel said that the builder had received Rs 1.8 billion for the construction of project and half amount had already been spent on the construction work. If the impugned order is not suspended, it would cause huge loss to applicant. He requested the court to suspend the impugned order of single bench.

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