Affectees of the anti-encroachment drive along city’s Gujjar and Oranginullahs waiting for their compensation cheques for the last 20 days will have to wait longer as the Sindh government has halted the process.
KMC KatchiAbadis Senior Director Mazhar Khan, who is looking after the process of cheque distribution to the affectees of Gujjar and Oranginullahs, confirmed that the process was being stopped for a while, and will resume in a couple of days.
The Sindh government was allocated a compensation amount for nullahaffectees in the Budget 2020-21. The fiscal year ended on June 30.
“The distribution process was stopped because of this,” Khan said.He assured that the process will resume as soon as the government’s compensation account is re-credited with the funds allocated for the nullahs’ victims in the FY 2021-22.
The cheque distribution process for affectees started in February 2020 after the KMC and district administration completed the anti-encroachment operation along the Mehmoodabadnullah.
Over 200 compensation cheques have been handed over to the stormwater drain’s affectees. The distribution of cheques to affectees of Gujjar and Oranginullahs was underway.
People have not gotten their compensation cheques even though their houses have been demolished by the authorities, a victim said.
Residents said authorities are not considering the people who have permanent addresses of other cities on their CNICs.
Multiple families are living under one roof here, one of the affectees said. “But the government has recorded them all as one family.”
A committee was formed during the process, Khan shared, explaining that it comprises the assistant commissioner of the area, mukhtiarkar, union council secretary, and land and katchiabadis surveyors. It is responsible for visiting nullahs and compiling records of demolished houses.
Houses with less than 30% damages are not eligible for compensation, Khan said. The cheques were distributed to affectees regardless of the permanent addresses mentioned on their CNICs, he claimed.
During the area’s survey, it was decided that units will be counted on the basis of kitchens and washrooms.
This means that even if more than one family was sharing a kitchen and washroom, they will be still be considered as one family.