Commissioner Karachi appeals to people stop fearing land mafia

KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has appealed to Karachiites to stop fearing land mafia and start construction on their plots and if they do not need, so sell it to others.

He expressed these views while talking to media after handing over possession of the plots to original owners in KDA Scheme 36,block 6 Gulistan-e-Jauhar here on Saturday.

He said that the owners of plots in said KDA Scheme had lost their hope after they remained deprived of their ownership for last 35 years.

Now these 404 deserving families are getting their right which has been the best proof of good governance by the Sindh Government, he added.

The Administrator said the operation against land mafia has been speeded up and now CCTV cameras were catching everything therefore the land grabbers must avoid indulging in this illegal practice or they would have to face strict action.

He said the defunct KDA had allotted these plots on this piece of land between 1979 and 1983 through auction and balloting procedure measuring 240, 400 and 600 square yards for residential purposes.

However due to the grabbing of this land by land mafia the original owners did not get the possession, he said.

Shoaib Siddiqi said some of the owners applied for alternate land and some had filed cases in courts and these include those retired persons who bought their plot with their pension income and passed away after long struggle to get their right. Now their heirs are getting the possession of these plots, he added.

This may be noted that right after taking charge of Administrator Karachi, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui had issued directive for recovery of these plots from the possession of land grabbers.

The KMC staff had with the cooperation of the district administration and police vacated 30 acres land after an operation on August 12, 2015 and lodged an F.I.R against the culprits.

After this KMC carried out survey and demarcation of vacated land and begun the process of handing over of plots to original owners after carrying out plotting of the said land.

The people gathered on this occasion chanted slogans in favor of Administrator Karachi and some of them had got sentimental.

On this occasion, the Administrator KMC said this is an important day in the history of Karachi city.

This land has been recovered on the instructions of the Chief Minister and the Minister for Local Government.

In this way a message has also been delivered that henceforth no one would be allowed to grab other’s land as the government was standing with every deserving person.

Metropolitan Commissioner Samiuddin Siddiqui and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion.