Residents Of Karachi’s Slum Area Living In Fear Of Losing Homes
Government authorities are about to start yet another anti-encroachment drive in Gharibabad, Karachi. The homes of the poor working-class people will be vacated and bulldozed as they have been declared ‘illegal encroachments’ along the route of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.
Karachi railway station superintendent had issued a notice saying that the people living along the KCR track are suggested to vacate their homes because swift action will be started from February 13 and onwards.
Journalist Fawad Hazan has tweeted a video today saying that Pakistan Railways had claimed that the nearby homes have illegally ‘occupied’ their homes, so their eviction is totally legal and mandatory. But in the video, it has been shown that the homes have not created any obstacle in the route of KCR. “Why Demolish them then,” the journalist questioned.
Pak Railways say people have occupied their land and their eviction is mandatory to run #KCR.
(*Railways officials actually sold the land to people).
KCR is to run on this track, shown in the video, that doesn't face any obstacle because of people houses. Why demolish them then? pic.twitter.com/eDD9o0qNJa
— Fawad फ़वाद 🇵🇸 (@FawadHazan) February 13, 2020
Urban Planner Muhammad Toheed has claimed that out of 4653 families, none is living on the track of KCR. He further said that the corrupt officials of railways just want to grab land from the poor to lease it to rich builders.
Out of 4653, none of family is living on #KarachiCircularRailway track, no obstacles to run the Circular Railway. The corrupt officials of Railway just want to take more land by demolishing poor homes, residents reported that "Railway will lease out our land to Builders" https://t.co/3daln3V6EX
— Muhammad Toheed, Urban Planner (@UrbanPlannerNED) February 13, 2020
The Supreme Court (SC) on February 7, had directed the Sindh government and the Pakistan Railways to remove all encroachments, including all buildings and houses located in the way of the KCR. In March last year, more than 70 homes were demolished and their residents were not resettled by authorities as per the order of SC.