KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has summoned the municipal administrators of the city’s five districts to explain utilization of the city’s footpaths for commercial purposes.
Headed by Justice Nadeem Akhtar, a division bench was hearing a petition filed by an NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s secretary general Rana Faizul Hasan, who move court against encroachments on footpaths and roads of the city.
The petitioner had submitted that the footpaths around markets in the city had been encroached by shop owners, roadside vendors, operators of illegal parking and inter-city bus terminals with the connivance of civic authorities and the traffic police.
He said areas such as Regal Chowk, Akbar Road, M.A. Jinnah Road, Shahrah-i-Liaquat, Pakistan Chowk, Ranchhore Line, Abdullah Haroon Road, Zaibunnisa Road, New M.A. Jinnah Road, Nishtar Road, Super Market Liaquatabad, Al Asif Square, Landhi and Qauidabad where footpaths and pavements were encroached upon.
On Wednesday, the provincial law officer told the judges that directions of this court had been communicated to the district municipal administrators for their appearance in court. He assured that they would appear on next hearing to explain allotment of footpaths for installing generators.
The court directed him to ensure their appearance on the next hearing and adjourned the hearing till February 09.
Earlier, a private bank’s counsel said the bank was paying a licensee fee in sum of Rs180000 every year to the local administration for placing its generator on the footpath. To a query, the law officer was unable to explain under what provision of the law the administrators were empowered to allot the footpaths.
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