SHC seeks list of buildings deleted from protected heritage record

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday directed Sindh Culture Department to furnish a list of those buildings deleted from the protected heritage record.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Irfan Saddat Khan also directed the provincial government to submit their reply on a petition against declaring building of Hotel Metropole as a protected heritage.

It gave these directions while hearing a petition filed by Karachi Property Investment Company Pvt Ltd which stated that the company in 1967 acquired the ownership of the land and building of Metropole Hotel built in the latter part of the 20th century.

Hotel was closed down in 2004 and its portion was demolished. It was said that now the building housed only commercial offices rented out to tenants.

The petitioner stated that the culture department through a notification included Hotel Metropole in the 1,061 buildings declared as heritage structures. Hotel was constructed in a modern style of architecture and had no archaeological value, nor did it have any distinctive architectural features to allow it to be listed as cultural heritage.

The petitioner had prayed to court to restrain the authorities from giving effect to the notification.

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