Working on Karachi Circular Railway – Anti-Encroachment Drive to start soon
Karachi Circular Railway is the widest local network of traveling.
A director of land and Railway Imtiaz Siddiqui on Monday announced that the anti-encroachment drive to clear the land allocated for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) has been delayed by a day.
He said that the drive was scheduled to start from Monday (10thDecember). But authorities granted the people occupying the KCR land an additional day to vacate their shops and homes.
While talking to the media, Siddiqui said that the authorities would now initiate the operation from the furniture market in Karachi’s Ghareebabad area.
“We do not want anyone to suffer anylosses,” the official said, adding that the people hadalready been issued a notice.
Mr. Siddiqui notedthat 1,200 encroachments stood intact on the land earmarked for the defunctmetro rail system.
As many as 5,653 illegally constructed structures are expected to be razed during the operationto clear more than 29 acres of KCR land.
According to estimates based on information accessed from multiple sources, more than 3,000 shops have been demolished in different areas of Karachi.
However, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar has promised that the authorities will relocate shops thathad been razed in recent days during the ongoing anti-encroachment operation.
PM’s recent visit to Karachi:
On his day-long visit to Karachi yesterday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had declared that the government will stand by the people who had fallen victims to the anti-encroachment operation.
He said that noinjustice would be done with anyone in the name of operation againstencroachments.
Meetings during the visit:
During his visit ,the prime minister met business leaders as well as key politicians, includingSindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
Sindh Governor has Imran Ismail briefed Mr. Khan on the the possible fallout of the ongoing operation against encroachments.
After the conclusion of PM’s visit, Governor Ismail told newsmen that injustice had been donewith the poor. “We’ll request thechief justice to stop this operation”.
He also said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or the federal government had no link with the operation against encroachments.
Complexities of encroachment:
According to researchers at the Karachi Urban Lab (KUL), maps show that the Karachi Circular Railway starts from the Drigh Road Station on the Pakistan Railways main line.
After crossing Sharea Faisal short of Karachi airport, it will then touch Karachi City Station after passing through populated areas of:
While presenting the study regarding the anti-encroachment operation in Karachi on Saturday, KUL researcher Arsam Saleem said:
“The KCR is a 29.32km single-track, wide-gaugerailway, along 16 stations. A total of 4,653 families are living in 28 different settlements all across Karachi that are being forced to move because of this project. 70% of these residents have been living in these settlementsfor at least 20 years.”
He said that buying, selling or renting an accommodation is not easy either. Citizens are not sure if they are being defrauded and whether or not the schemes they are investing in are legal. KUL ascribes this insecurity to Karachi’s conflicts.
“The Encroachment is not a poor person looking to save some petty cash.This is a complex network involving government institutions, in an official or unofficial capacity, seeking to reap there wards of quick land dispensation with none of the risks attached,” saidSaleem.
Meanwhile,authorities on Monday started an operation against encroachments along the Karachi-Hyderabad M9 motorway.
The encroachments are being removed through theuse of heavy machinery. A heavy contingent of police is also present at thesite of the action.