KARACHI - The Sindh government has decided to bring changes in the rules relating to protect amenity plots in the province, The Nation learnt on Sunday. Several complaints have been received by the government that the amenity plots allotted to different persons were not being used for the purpose they were acquired from the provincial government, official sources said. The provincial government will bring these changes by making a new law through a bill to be passed by the Sindh Assembly. In addition to this, the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Department of Sindh has also submitted a bill The Sindh Protection and Prohibition of Amenity Plots Bill 2009 which is expected to be taken up by the Provincial Assembly today (Monday). An official said the proposed Sindh Protection and Prohibition of Amenity Plots Act 2009 was meant to make the provincial assembly a legal forum for allowing change of land use in respect of amenity plots as presently no such law was available to decide the matter. According to reports, at least 8,000 acres of amenity plots, including a large number of parks, have been occupied in the metropolis during last 20 years. The prime objective of the proposed law was to stop the misuse of amenity plots as after passage of this law, the amenity lands/plots would not be converted to or utilised for any other purpose, without the approval/resolution of Sindh Assembly. A piece of land granted, earmarked, used or intended to be used for parks, gardens, playgrounds, graveyards, roads, hospitals, schools, colleges, educational institutions including nationalised and denationalised, health institutions, reading room, libraries, community centres, treatment plants, power house, places for religious worship and other open places kept for easement or expansion other than residential, commercial, industrial or for the cottage industry fall under the definition of amenity plots. Meanwhile, another bill The Sindh Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill 2009 that aims to revive the Commissionerate system in the province has also been included in the agenda of the assembly for today (Monday). The bill was introduced during current session of the assembly while it may be taken up for approval in the current session. But, according to senior party office holders, the MQM and PPP have not, so far, agreed to revive the old Commissionerate system in the province. Former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf after taking charge as Chief Executive of the country had enforced devolution plan under which old Commissionerate system was shelved. However, the PML-N government in Punjab and ANP in NWFP with their coalition partner, PPP, in both the provinces had already restored the old Commissionerate system. But, in Sindh, dispute on the issue has not been resolved between the two coalition partners, PPP and MQM, yet. When contacted by The Nation, Syed Sardar Ahmed, parliamentary leader of MQM in Sindh Assembly, also confirmed that the bill regarding revival of old Commissionerate system would be deferred as PPP and MQM have not reached on any consensus on the issue. PPP has not consulted them on proposed bill regarding protection of amenity plots. Both parties will further negotiate on these issues, he added.