KMC launches anti-encroachment drive in city

KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui has said that the KMC has launched a non-stop anti-encroachment campaign in the city, keeping in view the long-standing demand of the people.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday, Farooqui has directed action against those shopkeepers who keep their goods in front of markets, bazaars and big shopping centres. He said that after removal of encroachments, better image of the city would emerge, roads would be widened and pedestrians would also be able to walk on footpaths instead of roads. The administrator said that the city would be very different in a few days. “Karachi is a big city and KMC is playing its vital role to prevent the city from encroachments,” he added. 
Farrooqui said that actions were being taken against encroachments in various areas, including FB Area, PECHS, Soldier Bazaar, Aladin Park, PIB Colony and Muhammad Ali Housing Society. The operation would also be expanded to all areas of Karachi gradually, he said. A full-fledge anti-encroachment operation in this connection was carried out on New Truck Stand Maripur on Monday and hundreds of shops and other encroachments were removed. Cranes and heavy machinery were also used in the operation, as 90 percent encroachments were removed from the truck stand to restore its actual condition.
The KMC staff, district administration and police also participated in this operation under the supervision of Task Force Anti-Encroachment Chairman Bilal Manzar. Keeping in view the long standing demand of Maripur Truck Stand Union, the operation was carried out to reinstate Maripur Truck Stand’s actual condition. On this occasion, President of Maripur Truck Stand Khalid Khan, Additional Director Shakir Ali, Focal Person East Irfan Zai, Wajid Kamran Abbas of District West and District South staff were also present.
This action was taken on the directives of Rauf Akhtar Farooqui in which every type of encroachments were said to be removed. 

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