KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has formed a committee to complete the Lyari Expressway project by removing encroachment.
“The affected people must be given compensation so that the remaining portion of the project could be completed in the larger interest of the public.”
These directives, he issued, while presiding over a meeting of Lyari Expressway Resettlement Project here at CM House on Friday.
The meeting was attended by Senior Minister for Finance, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh, Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary to CM, Alamuddin Bullo, ACS (Development) Aijaz Ali Khan, SMBR Mohammad Wasim, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, representative of NHA, DC West, DC Central and concerned officers.
The Commissioner Karachi said that 2.2 kilometers of way in District Central and West is to be cleared on payment of compensation for the leased properties and encroaches.
The DC Central has already issued award for affected peoples of leased property in his district, he said and added that the prepared cheques could not be received by concerned affected people because Sindh High Court had granted status quo.
He said that the numbers of affected people who had not been paid compensation have filed constitutional petition in the high court for payment of Rs 50,000 per affectee.
Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput told the meeting that he had released Rs 50 million to the Nazir of high court for onward distribution among the affected people and the process was in progress.
He said that the federal government had released Rs 500 million for clearance of 1.5 kilometers portion in District West.
Senior Member Board of Revenue Mohammad Wasim said that the federal government has already released the amount to the concerned DCs to vacate the encroached areas to start construction.
“I would suggest to vacate the area and then hand over the position to NHA which would start work through FWO,” he said.
The chief minister directed the chief secretary to form a committee under Commissioner Karachi with representatives from Finance, Revenue, NHA, FWO and concerned DCs so that all the issues creating bottlenecks in the completion of the project could be removed.
He also directed the chief secretary to talk to AG Sindh for removing legal problems pending in the high court. ‘This must be given priority.
“In the next meeting I want to hear the progress of the work not the problems,” the CM remarked.