Karachi: According to a recent news report, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) started removing hard encroachments from the banks of the massive Gujjar Nullah. Anti-Encroachment Senior Director Bashir Siddiqui said that all illegal houses and commercial units will be removed during the operation.
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He said that in the first phase of the operation, the KMC had removed soft encroachments such as cabins, tea shops, iron rods and grills, sheds, animal dens, kiosks, and shanties. Over 100 feet of space was cleared after the removal of soft encroachments surrounding the stormwater drain. Meanwhile, an anti-encroachment tribunal restrained the municipal body of the city for two weeks from demolishing the houses that are built on duly leased land.
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The Gujjar Nullah is a characteristic channel of the city that begins in New Karachi and closures at the Chuna Depot in Haji Mureed Goth, where it falls into the Lyari River. The first length of the stormwater channel was 13 kilometers and the width 210 feet.
The KMC has been entrusted with enlarging the stormwater channel to its unique shape and width, alongside the development of a 30-foot-wide street on the two sides of the nullah, because of which scores of Katchi Abadis should be annihilated. As indicated by Siddiqui, around 4,000 houses and business units encompassing the channel will be obliterated.
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