KCR anti-encroachment operation to continue on Saturday morning

Karachi: According to the news sources, the Pakistan Railways has put its anti-encroachment operation to vacate the land of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project on hold until Saturday (tomorrow) morning.

The Supreme Court on February 7 had ordered the Pakistan Railways to remove all encroachments, including every multi-storeyed building located on the KCR route to revive the project.

Tariq Asad, deputy director of the Pakistan Railways’ public relations department, said the operation had been delayed so that utility agency — such as the K-Electric, the Sui Southern Gas Company, and the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board — could disconnect their services.

On the other hand, the residents of Gharibabad on Wednesday were told to vacate their homes before the heavy machinery razed them because they were declared illegal establishments on the KCR route. It was also told that those who did not vacate their homes would face swift action.

“The illegal occupants are also advised against resisting the anti-encroachment operation on the KCR track to be carried out by the Pakistan Railways,” stated the notice. Talking about the possibility of resistance from the residents, Tariq Asad said that the authorities had followed the due procedure by distributing flyers and notices in the area. However, the authorities will come up with a plan to deal with it, he mentioned.