KARACHI - Deputy Mayor of Karachi Dr Arshad Vohra said on Thursday it was essential to remove the encroachments from different areas of the city and a plan was being prepared to end the illegal occupation on plots which had been allocated to facilitate them.

He said this in a meeting with a delegation comprising residents of Gulistan e jauhar. The Deputy Mayor said land mafia had established encroachments on allotted and leased plots which should be removed to give possession of such plots to the original allottees.

He said Gulistan e jauhar was one such area where a good number of plots had been occupied by land mafia and the actual owners were seen deprived of their just rights.

The Deputy Mayor said people from middle class buy these plots with their whole life earning and some elements in our society deprive them with their right.

The delegation apprised him about their problems. Deputy Mayor said encroachments from Gujjar and Manzoor Colony Nullah being removed and this campaign was underway in other areas of the city to clear the roads and pavements for citizens.

Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner of KMC D. Badar Jameel has directed all departmental heads to bring improvement in recovery condition and mobilize the field staff to make it better.

Giving these directives to the land department, MUCT, chard parking, culture, food and quality control department, medical and health services, estate and kutchi abadies department he said the concerned officials should launch raids and avoid irresponsible attitude. He warned that the departmental head will have to face the action in case of failure in improving the recovery condition. 

The Municipal Commissioner said the fiscal deficit of the organization being increased and therefore it was the duty of the officers to spend all their energy on improving the revenue generation and collection. 

He said such a planning should be made which could ease the financial crunch and the organization be taken towards financial stability. He instructed that while bringing improvement in the existing revenue resources also search for new resources of income.

On the other side, the anti encroachments staff of KMC while taking action surrounding the Haidery Market removed lot of encroachments from the main road and foot paths. Police arrested 10 people for resisting the anti encroachments move in North Karachi. Director anti encroachments department of KMC Mazhar Khan supervised the above operation along with other officers.