KARACHI: Local government departments working under the Sindh government have not even spared the Liaquatabad Supermarket. Many illegal shops have been set up in the upper part of the building under the nose of the authorities.
According to details, almost 40 illegal shops have been built in the vacant office of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) situated in the building. The office was vacated because the building was declared unfit for use due to its dilapidated condition.
Two large warehouse-like compounds were also constructed on the rooftops of shops in the upper part of the Liaquatabad Supermarket last year, which were later demolished on the orders of municipal commissioner Syed Saifur Rehman.
The supermarket’s power supply has also been cut off for many years, due to which legal tenants and owners are facing severe problems. The stairs, toilets, corridors, and open spaces of the Liaqatabad Supermarket have also been sold.
After the application of ‘China cutting’ to private and government lands, the practice is also becoming common at different buildings belonging to KMC.