Korangi Cottage Industry

CDGK gives cottage industries 15 days to clear dues

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

THE City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has accelerated its ongoing efforts to get the allottees of the Orangi Town Cottage Industrial Zone to clear their outstanding dues but political instability is greatly hampering its efforts, Daily Times learnt on Saturday.
Some three months ago, City Nazim Mustafa Kamal distributed possession letters among some of the allottees and announced a six-month deadline for the clearing of dues. However, the CDGK land management-II department recently issued another warning to the allottees, giving them two weeks to clear their dues or risk having their plots seized.
The nazim also warned the allottees that if they failed to complete construction within six months of receiving the possession letters, the allotment will be cancelled. However, within three months, the CDGK has changed its policy and has now given the 4,000 allottees a 15-day deadline to clear their dues and start construction work.
The defunct Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) launched the cottage industrial zone, spread on 262 acres, in 1994 to benefit small businesses and had allotted 4,118 plots of 200-square yards each among successful applicants. The plots were also offered at nominal rates of Rs 120,000 in occupancy charges and the same amount in development charges but due to the lackluster attitude of the government and the allottees, the scheme has failed to live up to expectations.
Over the past 14 years, almost all the demarcated land has been occupied by different land mafia groups for the establishment of various structures and have even set up a colony enjoying all civic facilities, such as water, electricity and gas. “The City Nazim Mustafa Kamal’s decision to demolish all the illegal establishments was a major and brave decision to fulfill the original purpose of the land,” said a CDGK official, Iqbal Ahmed.
He mentioned that the clean up operation was conducted in collaboration with the Orangi Town Administration and the town naib nazim was even targeted by the encroachers around eight months ago and was shot and critically injure. “The CDGK has already started development work, such as demarcation of roads and the installation of infrastructure, such as water and sewerage facilities,” he said, adding that the measures were being taken so that the industries could be started as soon as possible.
The officials at the Land Management-II office claim that the documentation procedure was as transparent as it could be and there was not a single case of double filing or forgery of documents. Regarding the reduction in the deadline period from six months to 15 days, the officials said that it was a pressure tactic of the CDGK high-ups and that the officials only follow instructions. However, CDGK sources told Daily Times that due to the political instability, especially the winding of the current local government set up, most of the allottees wanted to wait and see.
UC-7 Nazim Shahabuddin, however, was optimistic that the project will fulfill its potential. “The infrastructure work has entered its final stages and the final carpeting of roads will also be started soon, while the water and sewerage networks will only be installed once the owners start construction at the plots,” he said.
-Published in Daily Times | Oct 5, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on October 6, 2008.

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