KARACHI: The victims of Karachi nullahs will be paid Rs15,000 every month for two years, announced Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday.
The decision was taken in a provincial cabinet meeting on Tuesday, chaired by the Chief Minister. Sindh Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah briefed in the meeting that 344 houses near the Gujjar nullah and 60 houses and six factories near the Orangi nullah have been demolished in the encroachment drive so far.
“We will take an Rs300,000 subsidy from the federal government and provide 30,000 residential units to the victims,” Shah revealed, adding that the land for the houses will be provided by the Sindh government.
He explained that after the 2020 monsoon rains in Karachi, the Supreme Court had instructed the administration to remove encroachments along the nullahs and clean them.
“Consequently, in September last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Karachi and announced an Rs1.13 trillion package for the city.” After this, CM Sindh formed the Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee.
The PCIC was handed the responsibility of cleaning the storm water drains. The NED University of Engineering and Technology was selected to conduct the hydraulic and hydrological surveys of the nullahs.
The minister added that the Sindh government has filed three petitions in the Supreme Court requesting the provision of Rs10 billion Bahria Town funds. “This amount will be used in the compensation of the victims.”