KMC seeks Rangers help for anti-encroachment drive


KARACHI, Jan 07 (TNS): Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) requested security assistance for its anti-encroachment drive on Sunday.

“The anti-encroachment drive from Landhi to Karachi Cantonment Station will not be possible without security assistance from Rangers,” said Senior Director of Anti Encroachment Bashar Siddiqui.

Preparations for the drive that will demolish thousands of house and commercial buildings are complete, said Siddiqui, who is heading the KMC-led anti-encroachment task force.

Mayor of Karachi Waseem Akhtar gave his go-ahead for the drive after Divisional Superintendent of Railways Aijaz Ahmed requested for the clearance of encroachments from land allotted to the Railways Department, the establishment of a green belt, and a cleanliness drive on the railway track.

A survey conducted for the anti-encroachment drive is complete and thousands of houses and commercial buildings will be demolished in a four-phase operation, Siddiqui told this correspondent.