The Municipal Authorities in Karachi have decided to invite applications through an advertisement for hiring a consultant for the demolition of Nasla Tower on the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The decision was made in a meeting headed by Commissioner Karachi and attended by officials from FWO, NLC Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), experts from NED University, police and Rangers officials, district administration and other institutions.
The meeting mulled over available options for the demolition of the Nasla Tower including controlled blasting.
After an hour-long meeting, it was decided to issue an advertisement, inviting applications from companies interested and having capabilities to demolish a multi-story building.
The advertisement will be given as Pakistani companies do not have the expertise in a controlled explosion.
The city commissioner has Tuesday written to Frontier Works Organization (FWO) to seek its help in knocking down the illegal Nasla Tower in compliance with the top court orders that directed the operation within a week.
In the letter today, Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon has reached out to FWO officials to survey the site of the illegal tower to consider options of razing it as per court orders.
The commissioner has asked FWO to complete its survey report within two days so it can go forward in pursuance of the Supreme Court orders.
Most of the residents left the doomed Nasla Tower in Karachi as authorities cut the utility connections and prepared to take town the building in a controlled blast to implement orders from the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
A meeting convened by Karachi Commissioner has decided to hire a foreign firm after experts revealed that Pakistan lacked expertise to use controlled blast to demolish buildings, though it did use controlled detonation to cut through mountains.
Karachi Commissioner had called the meeting of experts and officials to decide on the safest way to demolish the Nasla Tower in a controlled blast and to maintain the law and order.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) on Monday told authorities to implement within one week his earlier order to demolish the building.
The CJP also ordered that water and electricity connections to the building be cut by Wednesday, October 27.
The Nasla Tower, a 15-storey residential building at the intersection of Shahrah-e-Faisal and Sharah-e-Quaideen, was declared illegal by the apex court earlier this year.