Now Karachi's Urdu Bazaar to face drive against en­croach­ment

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: The on­go­ing anti-en­croach­ment drive by Karachi Metropoli­tan Cor­po­ra­tion (KMC) is set to move to­wards the decades old book mar­kets of the coun­try, pop­u­larly known as Urdu Bazaar.

The KMC ad­min­is­tra­tion has served no­tices on the shop­keep­ers to va­cate their stalls within three days be­fore they are razed by the de­mo­li­tion teams. The dead­line ends on Tues­day mid­night.

A protest was also staged in the main mar­ket led by the Urdu Bazaar Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion and the Book­sellers As­so­ci­a­tion, de­mand­ing that the shops in Bazaar should not be razed as they hold the sta­tus of cul­tural her­itage.

The pro­test­ers were of the view that their shops had been lo­cated in Urdu Bazaar for decades, and called for an end to the il­le­gal ac­tion against their busi­nesses.

They were of the view that they set up their busi­ness in a le­gal man­ner and it was not an en­croach­ment.

How­ever, KMC of­fi­cials say that the Urdu Bazaar was formed over a drain and they asked the shop­keep­ers to va­cate the place in three days.

In a re­cent case, the Sindh High Court on Dec 4 had is­sued a stay or­der on a pe­ti­tion filed by res­i­dents of Gar­den East against raz­ing of a build­ing in the area.

The anti-en­croach­ment team of the Karachi Metropoli­tan Cor­po­ra­tion (KMC) was set to de­mol­ish a build­ing in the Gar­den East area. How­ever, res­i­dents of the build­ing ap­proached the SHC seek­ing to stop KMC ma­chin­ery from their 'il­le­gal ac­tion.'

The Supreme Court on Oc­to­ber 27 had di­rected Mayor Karachi, Waseem Akhtar, to re­move all en­croach­ments from the city's amenity plots and pave­ments with the help of law en­force­ment agen­cies, and granted a 15-day dead­line to city au­thor­i­ties for com­pli­ance of its orders. - NNI

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