The Karachi district west deputy commissioner (DC) has started a ‘grand operation’ against encroachments in west district.

This was decided during a meeting - chaired by Deputy Commissioner (DC) West Zahid Hussain Memon - at the Commissioner Office, here on Tuesday, said a statement. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of different organisations taking part in this operation.

The district administration, SSP district West Shoukat Ali Khatain, Municipal Commissioner West Imran Aslam, Sindh Solid Waste Management Board, SSGC and K-Electric will take part in the anti-encroachment operation, which will be carried out in three phases.

The shopkeepers and other trade community were informed through banners and pamphlets to remove the encroachments or they would be removed by the anti-encroachments staff.

In the first phase, all encroachments would be removed from the footpaths, and, during the second phase, encroachments, alongside shops, would be removed. In the third phase, all encroachments would be removed in and around markets to restore the buildings to their original shape.

Addressing the meeting, the DC said that K-Electric should disconnect the electricity supply to all those pushcarts, patharas and other illegal structures which were established in front of shops in district west. He said that action would be taken against such officials of K-Electric who were indulged in providing electricity to encroachers.

He said that police and rangers would provide cooperation in this connection and all machinery required for this operation has been arranged. He said that the footpaths’ repair and maintenance work will also be done.