Anti-encroachment drive begins in Karachi

A new anti-encroachment drive has been commenced for addressing the issue of illegal constructions on Karachi’s drainage and sewage system.

According to Director Encroachment, government teams and machinery have begin demolishing illegal structures built on, or along sewage and drainage systems in various areas across the city including Cafe Pyala to Teen Hatti and one at a nullah in New Karachi. 

The anti-encroachment drive is being carried out with additional support from Pakistan Army, Sindh Rangers and Sindh Police, whereas K-Electric and SSGC personnel are also present at the sites.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also begin its anti-encroachment operation at Zero Point in New Karachi.

The development comes as earlier Sindh government had blamed and announced strict actions to be taken against illegal constructions and encroachments on city’s sewage and drainage system that caused recent urban flooding in the metropolis.

Karachi has witnesses six rain spells this year, with the last one on August 27th being the most severe that essentially caused unprecedented flooding across the city.

Prior to this, Prime Minister Imran Khan had also announced that federal and provincial government will work together towards solving Karachi’s major issues such as cleaning the city’s storm water drains and dealing with encroachments that impede sewage and drainage, devising a permanent solution to the city’s solid waste disposal and sewerage problems and resolving city’s water shortage issue.