No schools in residential areas to be closed: Saeed Ghani


KARACHI: Sindh Local Government Minister Saeed Ghani on Tuesday said that a notification regarding the closure of schools in residential areas issued by the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) the other day was based on a misunderstanding; therefore, students, parents and school owners should not be worried as no schools would be closed.

Talking to the media at Sindh High Court (SHC), Saeed Ghani said that there were clauses in SBCA laws allowing schools to be set in residential areas, all the school owners need to do was to get their schools regularised according to provincial building control authority’s laws.

The provincial minister said that traders and citizens being affected due to the anti-encroachment drive underway in the metropolis would be compensated.

He said that the operation against illegal constructions and encroachments was underway in pursuance of orders given by the apex court.

Saeed Ghani said that he had issued strict directives to halt all illegal constructions across the province since he had taken over as the minister. He said that some SBCA officials were also involved in illegal constructions in Karachi.

The local government minister said that Karachi was a big city and the government did not have sufficient force to remove all illegal constructions in the city; however, the operation against illegal constructions was underway on a priority basis which would continue across the province.

He said that the innocent citizens would not pay for the crimes of builders and corrupt government officials and would be soon compensated in this regard.