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Encroachment free Empress Market: The Naya Karachi of Naya Pakistan


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The picture of Empress Market recently freed from encroachments is making the rounds on the internet. For many, the rise of the old monument from the strangling encroachments highlights the rise of a Naya Pakistan.

The anti-encroachment drive removing illegal constructions around the city has now moved to Dhoraji, Mohammad Ali society, and Tariq Road areas of Karachi. The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) anti-encroachment operation was launched earlier this month to destroy illegal structures.

According to the details, the authorities started destroying encroachments, demolishing outer sheds and pillars of a foreign restaurant chain in the vicinity for infringing the pavement in front of it.

An illegally constructed marriage hall was also razed during the drive. Earlier on October 27, the Supreme Court granting a 15-day deadline had directed Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar to remove all encroachments from the city with the help of law enforcement agencies.

According to KMC Anti-encroachment Senior Director Bashir Ahmed Siddiqui, 1,043 illegal shops in the Empress Market area were demolished, after which a thorough clean-up operation was followed to remove the 1,00,000 tons worth of rubble.

Saeed Ghani, provincial minister of local bodies has said that a committee has been formed to compensate the losses of rightful affectee of the drive.

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“The deserving individuals who suffered losses to their properties during the operating against encroachments will be given compensations as per the recommendations of the constituted committee”, he said.

The anti-encroachment drive has been welcomed by many as it seeks to unleash the “Naya Karachi” which is what Karachi should have been. Coupled with the successful anti-encroachment drive in Punjab, many are hopeful that this is the start of a “Naya Pakistan”