Headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, A bench of three judges of Supreme Court expressed their hostility over encroachments and transport projects issues in Karachi. The representatives of Sindh government including AG Khalid Jawed Khan and Transport Secretary Sindh were present in the court. Both of the persons briefed the court about the Green Line and Orange Line projects in Karachi and the Karachi Mass Transit Plan (KMT). The Chief Justice expressed his anger and resentment and strictly ordered the concerned to complete the said projects within a year.
“Sindh, Center and Railways are not serious about resolving Karachi issues”, says CJ Gulzar
The AG told the court that there were several projects that were in progress along with the revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) which the court had ordered the Pakistan Railways on Feb 21, 2020 to revive within six months otherwise strict action would be taken against them that might include contempt of court and non-compliance of mandatory constitutional commands. The Apex court not only expressed its displeasure on non-availability of road transport but also bashed the provincial government on the standard of transport facility available to the citizens of Karachi. “Nobody including Sindh Government, Pakistan Railways and Federal Government is serious to improve the circumstances”, SC declared.
The allottees of Royal Park Building claimed to pay an amount of RS 1.5 billion for booking of apartments
Meanwhile the court dismissed a review application against its earlier verdict of dismantling an in-progress multistorey Royal Park building that was linked to an amusement park in Gulshan-e-Iqbal finding that there was nothing new in the application. The lawyer had plead that the UAE-based businessman had invested billions of rupees in the said project and had filed a review petition in this regard. This is important to know that the Sindh Revenue Board leased the said plot to the builder for 99 years in 2010 however the Court had declared the lease/sale of the said land illegal by Sindh Government. In addition the allottees of Royal Park building had filed an application in the court for recovery of their money from the builder while the court urged them to approach the appropriate forum for their issue and dismissed the application. It has been reported that almost 400 allottees had paid Rs. 1.5 billion for apartments booking in the said building.
It was also briefed to the court that the Sindh Government and the concerned department are conducting a survey to determine the real boundaries of Ahmad Ali Park (Kidney Hill Park). The court responding to the said briefing, instructed the concerned parties to be a part of the survey and complete it as soon as possible. The court had earlier ordered the Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar to eliminate the encroachments on the park’s land and submit the report the KMC had reported that 62-acre land had been retrieved in this regard however it has been brought into the notice of the court (by an NGO) that only 55-acre land was retrieved while the remaining 7.5 acres are still being occupied by some houses and a private school. The court ordered the Commissioner of Karachi to do the needful to remove the said encroachments and also the encroachments on railways land at their earliest.