KARACHI: ICR, Jan 22, 2019

In what may be a renewed push, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) directed on Tuesday the city’s authorities to demolish all unlawful constructions across Karachi for restoring the city which stood 40 years back.

A bench comprising Justice Gulzar Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah hearing the case in Karachi Registry restricted the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) from issuing no-objection certificates (NoCs) for the construction of commercial buildings without approval from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This time around, the court has sought plans for razing unlawful construction and what the court wants is to see Karachi four decades back. He was quoted as ordering to the authorities: Demolish every structure which was in violation of the city's original master plan. Restore the city to its 40-year-old state, he ordered.

Also, the Sindh government was asked to share its recommendations for restoration of Karachi to its 40-year-old state.

As per orders, residential plots would not be used for commercial purposes anymore and for the older constructions, the authorities will submit details of shopping centers, wedding halls, and plazas built on residential plots over the last 30 to 40 years.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed who lashed at SBCA asked who was allowing the construction of wedding halls, shopping centers and plazas in every other street.