SHC summons KDA chief in road encroachment case.

KARACHI -- The Sindh High Court has expressed resentment over the officials of Karachi Development Authority (KDA) for failing to file comments despite repeated orders and directed its director general to appear on Nov 4.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui was hearing a petition about encroachments on a road. When the matter came up for hearing, the bench asked for the KDA's comments.

The counsel for KDA straightaway informed the bench that he had sent several letters in this regard but none of the officials had responded.

The bench observed the grievances of the KDA lawyer that its officials were not responding and ignoring the letters for one or the other reason.

'This is quite alarming that despite orders of the court and issuance of several letters by the KDA's counsel themselves the officials of the concerned department of KDA are not responding. We therefore direct the director general KDA to appear in person on the next date and respond to the above,' the bench added.

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Citing the Sindh chief secretary, KDA, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Board of Revenue and others as respondents, the petitioner had submitted that as per the layout plans and official maps, a 150-foot-wide road was planned from Nagan Chowrangi to Manghopir Road in SITE.

However, the petitioner maintained that only a small part of the road from Nagan to Anda Mor existed and remaining portion was encroached upon.

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