KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has deferred its anti-encroachment operation to take back the amenity land of Hill Park encroached with illegal construction of bungalows.
Commissioner of Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani has directed the anti-encroachment cell KMC to defer the demolition, which was scheduled on Thursday.
Bashir Siddiqui, senior director of the department, said that the department had decided to demolish four bungalows on the encroached land today and the anti-encroachment cell had completed preparations for the anti-encroachment operation to free the amenity land from the illegal occupation.
He said that the eviction notices were pasted on all four bungalows on February 21, warning occupants to vacate the houses.
The Commissioner has sought a few days delay of the operation fearing there are more structures built then four bungalows, Bashir Siddiqui further said.
The Commissioner will inform the supreme court the reasons to defer the anti-encroachment operation at the place.
It is to be mentioned here that there is a 2,000 square yard land at the slope of the Hill Park where these bungalows are constructed.
According to officials, the land value in the area is very high and the cost of one bungalow estimated in over Rs300 million.
Siddiqui said that the KMC anti-encroachment department already issued eviction notices to the residents of these bungalows on February 20.
The KMC officials visited the site and pasted the notices on the walls and doors of the bungalows with a deadline of three days to evacuate the place.
The Hill Park is spread over 61 acres and was constructed in the 1960s in Karachi.