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Parks to be built at places of demolished shops: Wasim Akhtar

KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar says the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation will build parks at places where illegally-built shops have been demolished during an anti-encroachment drive, ARY News reported.

Speaking to media here, Akhtar said the prime minister must have been happy with the drive against encroachments. “The PM himself asked me to get all those encroachments removed,” said Mayor Karachi.

He told that media that the operation against encroachments began at 7am today and it had been winded up successfully.

Operation clean-up: ‘Illegal shops’ around Karachi’s Empress Market demolished

He informed that KMC had cancelled all tenancy agreements for the shops and it was prerogative of the civic authority. He added that the drive was not meant to deprive anyone of their livelihood, but it’s about enforcement of law.

The true face of the city has now come to light, said Akhtar.

He said the shops were served notices a week ago about the anti-encroachment operation. We will continue operation against encroachments across the city, he added.

Mayor Karachi said a list of affectees, who suffered losses during the drive, had been prepared which would be reviewed to address their concerns.

Mr. Akhtar termed operation against encroachments in the Empress Market as the ‘biggest one’.

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