Murad Ali Shah—Chief Minister of Sindh has placed a ban on the industrial land commercialization. He imposed a ban on the allotment and conversion of industrial land into commercial and instructed the chief secretary to draft a policy and submit to the cabinet for further discussion and approval.
He gave these orders while heading over a meeting about commercialisation of industrial plots at the SITE—Karachi on Monday.
The meeting attendees were Mumtaz Ali Shah—the chief secretary, Khalid Hyder Shah—the secretary to local government, Sajid Jamal—principal secretary to the CM, MD SITE, Haleem Sheikh—Secretary Industries and other related officers.
During the meeting it was indicated that land measuring 152 acres was divided and given for different purposes—Cinema-3 acres, CNG Stations-23 acres, banks-4 acres, petrol pumps-26 acres, post office-1 acre, offices and showrooms-40 acres, weighbridge-2 acres, shops-7 and workshops-2 acres.
The chief minister was briefed that the allotment was being done by the board on the SITE consisting of 9 government and 60 industrialists. The allotment is legal however the plots being allottedare meant for the industrial reasons, hence they cannot be given for commercial or other purposes.
The chief minister was also told that the plots measuring 153 acres were changed into commercial plots illegally. They comprise of 13 acres for banks, 9 for dogowns, 15 for CNG stations, 19 for petrol pumps, 5 for shops, 73 acres for showrooms, 6 acres for shopping centres, 1 acre for school, 11 acres for weighbridge and 1 acre for workshop.
Murad said that no doubt the SITE was formed for industrial purposes however it was being changed into commercial area which was not legal.
The chief minister instructed the chief secretary to put up the matter to the provincial cabinet and to immediately impose a complete ban on the allotment and conversion of the plots.