SHC seeks reply from govt for police station on park land
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed the provincial government departments to submit replies on a petition claiming that the Bahadurabad Police Station was constructed on an amenity plot.
The matter has been pending disposal since 2009 as the government failed to provide land for the police station. In 2009, Haq Nawaz had filed a petition in SHC for recovery of the land where Bahadurabad police station was illegally built.
Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, heading a two-member bench, expressed his dismay over the government’s failure in resolving the matter in over a decade. He also ordered provincial works and planning, and cooperative departments, as well as the Sindh Building Control Authority and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to file replies by September 15.
The court has directed the authorities to explain why the police station was constructed at an amenity plot and why the state’s land could not be provided for its shifting.
KMC’s counsel had informed the bench that the police station was earlier housed at a private property. He added that the current land was provided by the KMC through its council resolution due to the unavailability of state land in the Bahadurabad area.
Meanwhile, petitioner Arif Billo contended that KMC’s move was illegal as it had provided a park’s land for construction. He submitted that even the KMC council could not change the status of amenity land. He further submitted the provincial works department was carrying out construction work illegally.
The petitioner prayed the court to declare the construction of a police station at an amenity plot illegal, direct the respondents to vacate the same and construct a park for the leisure of people of the locality.
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