SC orders to demolish Tejori Heights in one month Court berates commissioner for demolition of heritage sites

Observer Report

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered to demolish Tejori Heights in Karachi within one month.

During the hearing at Karachi registry, the larger bench of the apex court also directed to provide alternative place to the residents in three weeks.

The Karachi commissioner and builder have also been instructed to present a report after pulling down Tejori Heights.

On October 25, 2021, the Supreme Court had ordered to demolish Nasla Tower in Karachi within a week.

During the hearing at Karachi registry, the apex court directed to use latest technology in the process and take all the expenses from the owner of Nasla Tower. Seize the properties of the owner if he refuses to pay the expenses, the court remarked.

Meanwhile, the Karachi registry of the top court Friday chastised Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon over the mushrooming of housing buildings on the heritage sites with razing of old buildings that are supposed to be safeguarded.

During the Hindu Gymkhan restoration case, the Karachi registry bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed took to task the civic authorities and inquired who indeed was knocking down the heritage sites and developing new buildings there?
Heritage sites are being preserved in the whole world but in Karachi all you need is to declare them dilapidated and flatten them to build commercial structures, the CJP said.

The area contiuyguous to the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam is considered heritage sites but the old buildings are being knocked down and new structures are being built, he said in a dialogue with the city commissioner.

Nobody bears pain for this city the CJP said during the case, adding that it’s your own city. You are hell-bent on destroying all the heritage, the CJP said to the civic authorties.

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