Anti-encroachment drive on major drains to continue: Nasir Shah

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Observer Report

Local Government and Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah on Sunday said that after Mehmoodabad nullah , encroachment drive would also be started on other nullahs in Karachi. Affectees of drive would be provided alternate residential options.
The residents of demolished houses would be provided house rent for two years. Sindh government is making a housing scheme where the affectees would be given priority. All stakeholders are on same page on the issue of removal of encroachment.
The minister passed these remarks while talking to media during his visit to Mahmoodabad and Manzoor Colony nullah here on Saturday.
Administrator Karachi Laeeq Ahmed, former UC Chairman Farhan Ghani, PPP East district President Iqbal Sand , Sardar Nazakat Ali and others were also present on the occasion.
Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that Administrator KMC and DMCs has been tasked with uplifting the infrastructure of Karachi.
Responding to a question, he said that entire Pakistan suffered last night due to power breakdown owing to incompetence of the federal government.
The Provincial Local Government Minister said that big encroachments including houses would be removed from Mehmoodabad nullah from Monday. He said that roads would be constructed on both sides after removal of encroachments.
The minister said that the people residing along the drains face life threats. He said that they were taking measures to ensure draining of rain water in monsoon season.
Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that NED University prepared the report on improving the drainage system of city. Sindh government had signed a contract with the World Bank through which infrastructure of the nullahs would be improved.
He said that after directives of Supreme Court, the encroachment removal is being done smoothly as earlier the encroachers get stay orders from lower courts.
The minister said that last local government had passed unnecessary schemes despite the fact that KMC and DMC’s were already facing financial crisis and these schemes were being reviewed. Only those schemes would be completed that are beneficial for the public.
The minister said that Pakistan Peoples Party led Sindh Governmemt is carrying out development works indiscriminately as the works are also being done where it does not have representation.