The future of 1 million residents of Karachi living on the plots engraved out by China-cutting hangs in the balance after Supreme Court’s orders of clearing the unlawful constructions on convenience plots in the city.
More than thirty thousand houses had been made unlawfully with the implicit approval of the government.
Till yet the government has not devised any strategy or whatsoever for dealing with this situation. As per the sources in the areas like North Karachi, Baldia Town, Kemari, Surjani Town, Hyderi, Korangi, Scheme 33, Khuda ki Basti, Pehlwan Goth, Banaras, Kunwari Colony, Etihad Town, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Sohrab Goth and Ahsan Abad, houses were constructed using China-cutting under the sponsorship of government.
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According to the revelations of the sources, these houses were made under the supervision of the government and were sold in between rupees two lac and rupees one million. The people were also provided with the ownership rights of these houses.
As per the sources, many goths were constructed in Karachi under the names of various political party leaders and are the residing place for thousands of people.
But now the residents are having serious problems and are expressing their concerns that no matter how the land was acquired, these people spent their lifelong hard-earned money on the making of these houses.
Homes are still sold in Surjani Town on slips of paper for approximately at the cost ranging in between rupees three lacs and rupees six lacs.
In Surjani Town’s 4L, residential houses were destroyed, prompting residents to start a protest and to block roads. The residents said that they could prove with official documents that they had bought these houses. They complained against their houses being demolished and urged that they had invested a lot of money in them.
Sources tell that as many as thirty thousand houses were made under government supervision or via China-cutting and if all of them were demolished more than one million people would get affected.
The residents pleaded the government to consider the matter and to investigate that who sold the land and on what grounds the utility firms had given them connections. The residents demanded either for monetary compensation or alternate residences.
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