Govt launches crackdown against construction on flood water channels

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In a bid to diminish the human and structure losses in future, the Balochistan government has launched a crackdown against the illegal constructions on the flood water channels throughout the province.

“The Balochistan government in exercise of powers conferred under sub-section of (6) 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 is pleased to impose a ban upon construction of work within the limits of flood channels and irrigation drains throughout the province,” notification read.

It may be recalled that recent unprecedented rains and floods in Balochistan have caused large-scale devastation in most parts of the province, especially in areas where the flood channels and irrigation drains stand choked owing to illegal construction and encroachments. Hundreds of houses built by the land mafia on the flood water channels were swept away, rendering a large number of middle class families homeless.

On account of the provincial government’s lack of proper checks and land mafia’s corruption, a large number of houses, even housing societies were constructed on the water channels keeping the middle class buying families in dark about the status of the land.

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