KARACHI: The Supreme Court-mandated water commission on Tuesday appointed the secretary of the irrigation department to carry out an inquiry into the allotment of housing societies in Hyderabad, according to a report by a private media outlet.
The commission, headed by retired judge of the apex court Justice Amir Hani Muslim tasked Jamal Mustafa Syed to conduct the probe and submit a report. Justice Muslim observed that the projects of housing societies were initiated without taking permission letters from the relevant civic agencies.
He came down hard on officials of the Hyderabad Development Authority (HDA) and the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) for granting permission for the housing societies without the certifications of civic agencies regarding the supply of water, electricity and gas.
The commission also held the officials responsible for the worsening sanitation conditions in the second largest city of the province and wondered how the ownership of a running housing scheme could be changed.
It observed that allotments/no-objection certificates of all housing societies in the second largest city of the province were liable to be cancelled if they failed to produce the certifications from civic agencies.
The former apex court judge also asked Badar Jamil Mandinro what he had done for Hyderabad as he was given the additional charge of the HDA.