Treatment Plant-II Land Scam

CDGK using TP-II land illegally, claims UC nazim


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


A 115-acre plot in Mehmoodabad, which the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) plans to utilise for the resettlement of the affectees of Lines Area, legally belongs to the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), allocated for the expansion of Treatment Plant II (TP-II), said Awam Dost leader and UC-4 (Chanesar Goth) Nazim Saeed Ghani, while talking to newsmen in the opposition chamber on Monday.

He said that, while the plot is being used for the TP-II, it is also being used as a storage ground for goods impounded in anti-encroachment drives. “In the past, we have tried twice to utilise some of the TP-II land but we were not allowed to expand the graveyard or construct a park. However, now the CDGK is merrily violating all the rules and regulations by using the land for alternate accommodation for the affected people of Lines Area,” said Mr Ghani, adding that the CDGK Works and Services Department plans to demarcate a total of 1,264 plots on the 50-acre empty portion of TP-II.

Earlier, Mr Ghani, on a point of order, had attempted to raise the issue on the city council floor but the City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil and a couple of other treasury members had barred him from doing so. He even tried to read out a letter (No DO-I/Z-II/W&S/CDGK/08/165) issued by the CDGK Works and Services Department District Officer Shakoor Pathan, requesting the KWSB managing director to allow the demarcation of plots and other proposed facilities.

This had agitated the treasury members, who blamed Mr Ghani of trying to take away from the recent honour bestowed upon the City Nazim Mustafa Kamal. The convener, naib nazim, ordered Mr Ghani to first submit copies of the letter and site plan to her office going to the point of stating that the issue should only be discussed in her office and not in the council.

However, Mr Ghani stated that it was a matter related to his union council and the city council was the proper forum for highlighting such issues, adding that he would take up the issue at every possible level.

– Published in Daily Times | Nov 11, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on November 15, 2008.

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