Karachi: According to news reports, Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) Senior Director of Anti-Encroachment Department Bashir Siddiqui claimed on Monday (September 06) that the anti-encroachment campaign along storm water drains of Gujjar and Orangi Nullah is 98 percent complete. A progress report will be filed to the Supreme Court (SC) shortly in this respect. The KMC has created ten teams to manage the anti-encroachment campaign, according to the source.

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Individuals’ safety is also ensured by security officers working with anti-encroachment squads. In January 2021, the Manzoor Colony launched an anti-encroachment campaign that resulted in the demolition of 250 illegal concrete structures.

According to studies, 3,100 concrete homes have been erected near Gujjar Nullah, and 2,100 concrete dwellings have been built close Orangi Nullah, both of which should be demolished. According to a university evaluation by Nadirshaw Edulji Dinshaw (NED), about 5,000 concrete structures built over stormwater drains should be removed to avoid urban floods.

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It’s worth noting that the anti-encroachment campaign began last year on the instructions of the Supreme Court, following the filing of the National Disaster Management Authority’s (NDMA) report. The NDMA conducted the research in the aftermath of the city’s disastrous urban floods, which killed many lives and inundated a large section of the city.

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