Karachi: The Sindh High Court summoned officials from the Lyari Development Authority (LDA), the Karachi Development Authority (KDA), and the District Municipal Corporation-West on Friday for failing to respond to a petition filed nearly two years ago for the construction and repair of the Gulbai-Hawkesbay Road, as well as the removal of encroachments along the roadside.

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The director general of the LDA, the director of the KDA’s policy, planning and design branch, and the administrator of the DMC-West were chastised by a division bench led by Justice Zafar Ahmed Rajput for failing to respond. The bench ordered them to appear in person on December 16 with progress updates on the road’s condition and the removal of encroachments.

A woman lawyer had petitioned the SHC, requesting that the respondents repair and build the road as soon as possible to avert fatal accidents. The petitioner claimed that due to the damaged and deplorable condition of the road in question, individuals were unable to transport patients and accident victims to hospitals.

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She further claimed that the broken road and its pathways had been encroached upon, and she requested that the respondents clear such encroachments so that traffic could flow again.

The petitioner also requested that the truck stand be removed, claiming that the Supreme Court had issued an order to that effect. She claimed that the truck stop was the sole thoroughfare connecting Gulbai and Hawkesbay, and that it had deteriorated.

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