Burgeoning encroachments in Cattle Colony irk road users

Burgeoning encroachments in Cattle Colony (Bhains Colony) are irking road users, both motorists and pedestrians, but the officials of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Anti–Encroachment Department instead of taking action against encroachers are sheltering them to mint money.
The dairy farms’ owners have narrowed down almost all the roads to half, which are not only used for animals but also dumping buffalo‘s waste.
Offices of some transporters are located at Road No.4 of Cattle Colony such as ‘Allah Tawakal Goods Transport’ and ‘Bismillah Goods Transport, whose heavy vehicles are parked on the road leaving little space for road users.
Moreover, an illegal weighbridge, namely Dastgir Kanta, has been totally built on the government land, including almost half portion of road, allegedly in connivance with some KMC officials.
When asked as to how he managed to install the weighbridge on the public property, its owner Resham Khan said he had given bribe to the KMC Anti Encroachment Department’s Malir Zone official and was also giving him “Bhatta” (commission) on monthly basis. Talking to APP, a local politician requesting anonymity said he could not intervene into such matters as it would cost him vote bank in the constituency.
“The officials’ quarters concerned are involved in promoting encroachment for their vested interests,” he said, adding that a businessman could not invest such a huge amount in establishing an illegal weighbridge at the KMC road.
He urged the government to take stern action against the encroachers and also the KMC officials involved in sheltering them.—APP

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