03): Sindh Chief secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah reviewing the progress of implementation on the Supreme Court orders regarding removal of encroachments across the province directed the officials in a meeting on Monday to strictly implement the court orders and submit compliance report to the provincial government and the apex court.“No illegal encroachment will be tolerated,” he said and also directed to remove private companies’ names from traffic sign boards. Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani informed the Chief Secretary that all the encroachments have been removed from Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) track however the human settlements still exist at the bed of Malir River and the Supreme Court will be informed about it.


Chief Secretary directed the Secretary Transport to submit the departmental report regarding the operational plan of KCR. Additional IG Police Traffic Ghulam Nabi Memon informed that traffic police posts have been removed from the footpaths. The Chief Secretary directed Additional IG and DIG Traffic Police to ensure that there appears no private companies’ name on traffic sign boards. Advocate General Sindh Salman Talibuddin, Secretary Local Government Roshan Shaikh, Secretary Culture Akbar Laghari, Municipal Commissioner Saif-u-Rehman and other officers attended the meeting.


In yet another meeting, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah reviewed the matters related to development projects of Sukkur. The concerned officials gave detailed briefing on Lab-e-Mahran and other projects. The meeting was informed that there were certain obstacles with regard to Lab-e-Mahran project due to a case pending in court. Chief secretary directed to expedite the Lab-e-Mahran project work and added that it should be implemented under public-private partnership in the supervision of Mayor Sukkur and Local Government Department.


Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah who also attended the meeting assured that his department will complete the project within specified period, as the Lab-e-Mahran project is of great importance for Sukkur and other cities of upper Sindh. Mayor of Sukkur Arsalan Islam Shaikh pointed out problems regarding acquiring land for oxidation pond for city’s project of improving draining system. He told that there is no response from letters written to the management of Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE) in this regard.


Chief Secretary directed the SITE management to allocate 27 acres for the purpose out of the land having no legal implications. The meeting also constituted a committee regarding Katchi Abadis of Sukkur and adjoining areas.

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