SHC seeks Hyderabad’s map, survey data from 1943 to 1946



The Sindh Excessive Court docket (SHC) has sought Hyderabad’s map and the data of metropolis surveys carried out between 1943 and 1946 to confirm doubtful claims pertaining to outdated constructions, mentioned to be encroachments, on state land.

The Hyderabad circuit bench, comprising Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan and Justice Muhammad Saleem Jessar, sought the data in an anti-encroachment case and in addition constituted a core committee headed by Hyderabad deputy commissioner Fuad Ghaffar Soomro to take care of complaints towards the anti-encroachment operation.

The extra registrar of the SHC, the municipal commissioner of the Hyderabad Municipal Company (HMC) and legal professionals representing the petitioners and complainants will probably be a part of the committee. The outdated map of Hyderabad was wanted some industrial tenants of the HMC claimed that the constructions existed at or earlier than the Partition.

“We’ve determined that the constructions, which existed within the outdated map, will not be touched however the remaining will probably be razed,” Justice Khan mentioned in his remarks throughout the listening to. Advocate Ayatullah Khuwaja, representing a shopkeeper, contended that the HMC itself constructed retailers outdoors the college for the listening to and speech impaired in Metropolis taluka and rented out these properties.

“The varsity’s constructing exists in its authentic situation however the HMC has been unable to run the college,” he mentioned. One other lawyer, Irfan Qureshi, mentioned the company had been taking hire even from the homeowners these retailers that had been proved to not be encroachments.

“If the constructing is demolished, round 500 shopkeepers and their hundreds of staff will probably be disadvantaged of their livelihoods,” he mentioned and demanded compensation for the tenants if the property was to be razed.

“Empress Market in Karachi was additionally surrounded by retailers. However on court docket orders, the tenants had been issued notices to vacate [the shops] and so they complied,” Justice Khan mentioned in his remarks, including that if the legal professionals saved defending the encroachments, the operation to retrieve the federal government land could be affected.

Advocate Arshad S Pathan claimed that he had himself seen metropolis survey data and maps of the years between 1943 and 1946 and he might confirm that among the constructions that had been being demolished as encroachment existed again then.

Justice Jessar identified that the HMC had served notices to its tenants and leaseholders, conveying that each the agreements had been cancelled. DC Soomro complained towards the Cantonment Board Hyderabad, informing the court docket that neither encroachments had been being eliminated, nor energy turbines positioned on the footpaths.

He mentioned the Sindh Constructing Management Authority was additionally not cooperating in figuring out encroachments and was not sharing the data of its permitted and unapproved constructions. He additionally complained that the HMC’s equipment for demolishing unlawful constructions was ineffective.

The SHC directed the DC to submit in writing all the issues he had been confronting in implementing the court docket order.

Realigning poles

The court docket was knowledgeable {that a} committee to determine the price of the shifting of electrical energy poles from street facilities had been shaped, however the Nationwide Electrical Energy Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) had refused to grow to be a member of the committee.

The NEPRA maintains that the issue pertains to the Hyderabad Electrical Provide Firm, which is answerable for energy transmission within the areas of its operations.

“It is good that the committee has been shaped. However, we need to know what progress has been made to date,” Justice Khan requested. The court docket had ordered the structure of the committee on March 20, after HESCO and the Sindh authorities locked horns over bearing the price of relocation.

The previous demanded Rs157 million from the latter, which refused to offer the funds, arguing that HESCO was answerable for the transmission and that the corporate was additionally not paying the hire for its installations.


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