KARACHI - The government will regularize all the 400 villages fall under the purview of Goth Abad Scheme of Sindh Revenue Department, however ownership documents to be handed over to the villagers within next few days. Sindh Minister for Revenue Department Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar announced this during question hour of Sindh Assembly here on Thursday. To a query from Humera Alwani who sought detail of the number of villages surveyed till 1996 in Karachi, and out of them number of villages registered and unregistered? The minister said that a total of 808 villages were surveyed up to 1996 in Karachi, out of which 339 villages are sanctioned, while 315 villages unsanctioned/unregistered. Moreover, 154 villages do not fall with the purview of Gothabad Act, so these villages fall in urban area to be sanctioned by Land Utilization Department. The revenue minister said that no villages have been regularized since last 12 years in Karachi, but being true representative of the people, the present government will start regularization of the villages after prorogation of the Sindh Assembly session. Telling the detail of villages, he said that 61 villages are existed in Bin Qasim Town and 102 in Kiamari. Population and households are the main criteria to declare village under Gothabad Act, he said. To another query asked by PPP member Saleem Khurshid Khokhar regarding fees charged by government in return of regularization of villages, provincial minister said that present government has introduced nominal fees as it will charge minimum price of only Rs5 per square feet for regularization of villages, however ownership rights will be given to the owners. Minister said that the government has established Disaster Management Authority at Provincial level as well as districts to take preventive measures and to help people in case of natural calamities such as earthquake, floods and droughts. However, minister could not satisfy the lawmakers who raised the issue of 2.2 million acres land destroyed due to sea intrusion in Thatta and Badin districts and what measures have been taken to save the remaining land. Though, the Minister only replied that flow of at least 10MAF water required to save the land, but it has not been released below Kotri downstream. MQM parliamentary leader described that flow of fresh water in Indus River, which brought silts is not going to below Kotri, resulting thousands of acres land destroying owing to sea intrusion. Minister for Revenue assured that fresh survey would be carried out to ascertain actual area destroyed due to sea intrusion. To another question, minister said an area of 88763.07 acres of land has been affected due to sea intrusion during the year 2004 to 2008 in Badin district. Minister presented a list of 15 officers belonging to other departments-health, education, Hesco and others were posted in Revenue department on deputation, but they all have been repatriated to their parent departments. But, junior officers of Revenue department were still working on higher posts as Mukhtiarkars (revenue offices) on OPS (Own Pay Scale) due to shortage of officers, Minister said, adding that recommendation has been sent to Sindh Public Service Commission to fill the vacant posts.