Frequent transfers of LERP directors: Provincial authorities directed to show up

KARACHI: Expressing extreme displeasure over frequent transfers of Lyari Expressway Resettlement Project (LERP) directors, the Sindh High Court has summoned the local government department secretary and other provincial authorities in court.

A division bench issued direct notice to the provincial authorities to show up in court to explain whether these transfers are aimed at frustrating the court orders regarding payment of compensation to the affectees of Lyari Expressway.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by the residents of Pak Sarhad Colony & Bhangoria Goth, Gulberg Town, who houses were demolished for construction of Lyari Expressway. The petitioners had pleaded to the court to direct the respondent authorities to make payment of compensations for their lands acquired for the project.

During previous proceedings, the court was informed that in response to its directions, Rs50 million were deposited with the Nazir of the court for disbursement among the affectees after verification of their claims.

During hearing, the Nazir of the court informed judges that despite repeated reminders, the record of the affectees was not produced in his office for verification of their claims. Therefore, their claims could not be verified.

The counsel, representing LERP, submitted a copy of a notification issued on March 19, 2015 by the local government department secretary, whereby the director of LERP had been transferred and directed to report to the local government department. To a query, he said presently the office of director was lying vacant. It was stated that on account of frequent transfers, the orders of the court could not be complied with.

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