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Orders to cut off utilities’ supply to Nasla Tower issued

Supreme Court in June demanded 15-storey Karachi housing complex be demolished due to encroachment

The assistant commissioner of Karachi East Sub-division Ferozabad has ordered that supply of utilities be cut off to Nasla Tower before October 27, so that further action could be taken towards the illegal construction’s demolition as per a Supreme Court order.

In a letter posted by journalist Nadia Mirza on Twitter, the AC on Monday addressed K-electric, Sui Southern Gas Company and Karachi Water and Sewerage board to stop supply of electricity, gas, and water respectively to Nasla Towers before Wednesday. The AC said that the demolition orders for the 15-storey residential building would be carried out affirmatively as per SC’s orders.

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The same day, a three-judge bench of the SC that was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, ordered the Karachi commissioner to raze Nasla Towers to the ground through ‘controlled blasting’ within a week. The SC also required a report to be submitted once the demolition was completed.

On June 16, the SC demanded that Nasla Towers be demolished as the housing unit was an illegal construction taking up space meant for a service road. The apex court ordered the removal of all occupants with haste and on Monday gave a final date of October 27 to the city commissioner to follow through with action.

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The SC on June 19 also ordered the complex’s builders to reimburse money taken from residents and reiterated the same in the court’s Monday hearing. The builder’s submitted a review petition, which was dismissed by the apex court last month.



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