Demolishing illegal buildings: Supreme Court gives one month to SBCA for submitting plan

Demolishing illegal buildings: Supreme Court gives one month to SBCA for submitting plan

KARACHI: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Tuesday directed Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) to submit a plan within one month for demolishing illegal constructed buildings.

The plan should also recommend for compensating people who are occupying those illegal buildings.

A division bench of the SCP comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah observed that much wrong had been done in the city by unlawfully authorization of commercial activities on residential and amenities plots.

“Henceforth, that is form today there is a complete ban on Master Plan Department of SBCA or any other authority of the City Government or Government of Sindh of allowing change in the use of land,” the apex court ordered.

The Supreme Court ordered that there should not be conversion of residential houses and amenity plots for commercial use such as marriage halls, markets, shopping malls, apartments, marquees, petrol pumps/CNG stations etc.

The bench directed the no government authority should approve any conversion including pending ones. Further, the bench ordered to restore Karachi city as per the original Master Plan of City of Karachi.

The apex court further directed that all constructions which were illegally made in the city would be reviews by the SBCA within a month.

The apex court issued these orders while hearing in the case of Jam Sadiq Ali Part on which marriage halls, markets, shopping centers, apartments, petrol pumps and CNG stations had been constructed.

In the previous hearing the court order to remove and demolish such illegal constructions on the part but authorities had not comply with the court orders.

“Besides, Jam Sadiq Ali Park, there are so many other amenity plots in the city meant for parks, playgrounds and other amenity use as per the original Master Plan of the city which have been allowed to be converted into commercial use,” the court observed.

It further ordered the Director General SBCA to take steps to remove all illegal and unlawful construction on residential and amenity plots.

“There seem to be an epidemic in the city of marriage halls, shipping malls, petrol pumps/CNG stations and the houses are being allowed to be converted for these purposes,” the court observed.

The matter is adjourned to January 24, 2019.

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