SHC gives 30 days to SBCA to raze 1100 illegally built houses

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday gave the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) 30 days’ time to raze around 1100 illegally built houses in Karachi’s Akhtar and Kashmir Colonies.

The court directed officers of the law enforcement agencies to provide backup to the SBCA to undertake the task.

A division bench, headed by Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi, was hearing a petition filed by Zareen Taj and others, who moved the court against civic authorities for failing to take action against the structures built without approval of the relevant authorities.

The petitioners had submitted that illegal constructions were carried out in Akhtar and Kashmir Colonies and illegal occupants had encroached a portion of the graveyard. They said that the residents of the area complained to the SBCA but no action was taken. They pleaded to the court to issue directives for the authorities to demolish these illegal structures and remove encroachment from land of the graveyard.

Earlier, the court had disposed of the petition while directing SBCA to remove whatever illegal construction is found in the area.

In compliance with the court order, the SBCA’s counsel submitted a report stating that there were more than 1100 houses constructed without approved plan. He stated that too much time is required to demolish the buildings and therefore, requested the court to give sufficient time to accomplish the task and submit compliance report.

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