Karachi: According to a post shared by a local news channel today, land encroachment is a major problem in Karachi, and a proper mechanism has been developed to assist citizens in reclaiming their plots in areas and housing schemes under the jurisdiction of the Karachi Development Authority (KDA).
According to reports, the KDA has a fully operational Estate & Enforcement (E&E) cell that deals with encroachment on land within its jurisdiction. The news source, speaking on behalf of the KDA, explained that the KDA is in charge of recovering plots from illegal occupation before handing them over to the allottees. Allottees are responsible until they have taken possession of their land. To put it another way, allottees can only approach KDA to reclaim a plot from the land mafia that they do not yet own.
Affected parties can file a complaint with the KDA’s E&E office by following these basic steps:
1. Take all of the records to the E&E Director’s office on the 3rd floor of Civic Centre.
2. Provide a formal complaint as well as documentation containing information about the plot’s location and allocation (which is not in their possession yet)
3. The E&E Director will check the documentation from the KDA Land Department and issue orders to remove encroachments after receiving the complaint. This procedure takes about 15 to 20 days to complete.
4. After receiving the order to remove the encroachment, the KDA sets a date to begin an anti-encroachment campaign.
5. The KDA team will have the local police clear the area before proceeding to the encroached ground.
Arshad Abbas, the current KDA E&E Director, will be in charge of these operations, according to the news outlet.