KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday observed that provincial government had no intention to promote the industrial development in Sindh province.
A three-member bench of SC made this observation while hearing an application filed by an industrialist, who moved the court seeking allotment of the 10-acre land for setting up automotive parts industry Malir district.
Applicant Salahuddin Siddiqui, the chief executive of officer of Razi Sons Ltd, told the court that he had made all the requisite payment of Rs 20 million for the allotment of 10-acre land but possession of land has not been given by Sindh Board Revenue (SBR) yet.
“A day before the SC resumed the proceedings in its Karachi registry, I received a letter from deputy commissioner Malir district showing the site plan,” said Siddiqui. There is no access to the land according to that plan, he added.
When asked about site plan and access to the land, the deputy commissioner Malir Kazi Jan Mohammad feigned ignorance and said that the land was allotted by SBR. However, SBR counsel said that there was access to the land but it was encroached upon by the Port Qasim Authority (PQA).
He requested the court to allow some time so that grievances of the applicant with regard to infrastructural facilities be addressed.
“I am shocked. Investor was running pillar to post but he was not being allotted land for four years,” the chief justice remarked and added that the country was not progressing because of such state of the affairs.
“You have no intention to promote industrial development in the province,” remarked one member of bench while making reference to SBR.
“If we allowed further time to SBR, the investor will suffer, “said the chief justice while directing provincial law officer to ask chairman PQA to appear before court after recess so that a way could be found out to resolve the issue.
When the matter was taken up again after recess, Agha Jan Akhtar chairman PQA told the bench that there was some dispute between PQA and Pakistan Steel Mill (PSM) over the land owned by provincial government. He said that there was no passage to the land allotted to the applicant, adding that he could be provided with access to the land through PQA’s industrial zone.
Agha said that PQA would provide infrastructural facilities to applicant but would charge for these facilities. The bench asked PQA chairman to provide infrastructural facilities to the applicant.
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