KARACHI - A petition has been filed in Supreme Court Karachi Registry, challenging the Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012.

The petitioner, Karachi Alliance, has named Sindh governor, chief minister, chief secretary besides law and local bodies secretaries as respondents.

The petitioner has made the plea that by promulgating the SPLGO, violation of articles 4, 8, 5, 32, 25 and 140 of the Constitution has been committed.

The SPGLO was promulgated soon after it was signed by Governor Ishratul Ebad in the small hours on Friday. It has kept intact all five districts in Karachi along with 18 towns, which would continue to function within their existing municipal limits.

Although the agreement was termed a big achievement of the coalition government, its copies were neither released to media nor made available to the allied parties.

Under the SPLGO 2012 the metropolitan corporations were given the control of the basic civic provider institution while a number of sections of the 2001 and 1979 local government systems were included in the new ordinance.

The commissionerate system has been made part of the new system as commissioner, deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners would continue to look after the revenue, law and order and other administrative affairs while elected members would run the municipal bodies and metropolitan corporations independently.

The Building Control Authority would work as separate department while Water Board is to be supervised by the mayor.

Similarly, the primary education system would be under the mayor and MDA, and Sindh Authority would be under the minister of the local government who would also be its chairman.

According to the first schedule, the metropolitan corporation had been authorised collection of property tax and determination of its rates while all primary schools, BHUs, RHUs and UHUs, child and woman health affairs, certain clauses of anti-encroachment cell, district roads and buildings of the works and services department would also be under the metropolitan corporation.

Besides, civil defense, community development and organisations, inland fisheries, social welfare, games and sports boards, finances relating to local government, budget and accounts, land and planning of KMC and KDA, planning and parking, mass transit, master plan, urban planning, land user control, land management, drinking water and its arrangement, reservoir, treatment plants and its distribution, sewers development, sewerage and its disposal, drainage and its boards falling within the limits of the metropolitan corporation have also been transferred to the metropolitan corporations.