Land mafia will not be tolerated: Administrator Karachi

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Administrator Karachi Dr. Syed Saifur Rahman on Tuesday said that the land of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation is the assets of the citizens and has to be protected from the Qabza mafia at all costs.

“There are clear orders of the Supreme Court regarding encroachments, so no concession can be given to anyone in this regard. The auction of petrol pumps and huts of KMC will be done keeping in mind the current market value and urban requirements. Continuous feedback is being taken from the officers posted on revenue collection and important decisions will be taken as per requirement,” The Administrator said this while presiding over a meeting with officers of the Land Department in his office here.

Municipal Commissioner Syed Shujaat Hussain, Senior Director Land Najam-Uz-Zaman, Senior Director Anti-Encroachment Imran Ahmed Rajput, Additional Director and Deputy Director of Land Department were also present on this occasion.

The administrator reviewed the current situation of recovery from KMC land and property in detail during the meeting. He directed the officers to speed up the recovery process and issue dues payment notices to the defaulters immediately.

“The cases pending in the court must also be fully followed up and every possible effort be made to utilize the assets of KMC in the larger interest of the city,” he added.

The Administrator said that no other kind of activities can be done on government land, adding that all the institutions that have established their offices on KMC land should be informed about it immediately.

He said that the best way to save government land from encroachment is transparent auction, adding that it should not be delayed. He said that the previous fairs of KMC markets were not in accordance with the current market value, so they were revised.

It was decided that the land value and rent would be determined based on the current market value.

The administrator said that petrol pumps of KMC are an important source of revenue and therefore they cannot be ignored, directing concerned department to ensure immediate implementation of the instructions.

He said that the Land Department should computerize all its records and make the best use of all the KMC land in the city possible. “Wherever there is any obstacle, it should be informed so that immediate action can be taken to remove it. To increase the resources of KMC it is necessary to improve the recovery for which all possible steps will be taken,” he concluded.