Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) anti-encroachment team has demolished illegal encroachments in the business district of the city.
Raids were conducted in the wholesale market of Jodia Bazaar, Plastic Market, Boulton Market, Khoya Gali and Kaghzi Bazaar by the anti-encroachment cell of the city authority. Encroachments were removed in front of godowns and shops.
Over 200 pushcarts and make-shift shops were confiscated by the municipal staff in its anti-encroachment drive in the old city area’s business district.
In this operation, the shades and walls that were illegally constructed and extended by the shopkeepers and the godown owners in front of their businesses were demolished.
There was a person who tried to resist the removal of the encroachments. He was handed over to the police that was deployed during the operation.
It is ordered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to remove the illegal structures and encroachments that came and expanded in Karachi to reclaim the public space.
In March 2019, a bench of the apex court issued an order for the continuation of the anti-encroachment drive.
The bench said, “Restaurants and small businesses have sprung up on small plots. There is no place to walk in the streets.”
In order to oversee the operations, the court-appointed the chief secretary Sindh, after giving directives for the continuance of the anti-encroachment operation in Karachi.
Recently, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation made the announcement to carry out 5 major anti-encroachment operations at Plastic Market near M.A. Jinnah Road in the old city, near Clifton and other areas of Karachi.