Non-payment of compensation to LEW affectees irks SHC

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KARACHI: While expressing its displeasure over authorities concerned for not paying the compensation to the Lyari Expressway (LEW) affectees, the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday summoned project director and deputy commissioners of Karachi’s East, West, Central and Malir districts.

The SHC bench was hearing the plea filed by the citizens who had vacated their houses for completion of the Lyari Expressway on the assurance that they would be compensated for evacuating the land. The petitioners said that they had evacuated the land and gave it to the project but the said amount had not been paid by the authorities concerned even after the passage of seven years.

The non-payment of compensation irked the judges who had asked the authorities to explain as to why the affected people were not paid. The court directed the project director and deputy commissioners to hold a meeting within days and appear before it along with the lists of affectees who were still deprived of compensation.