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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday imposed a ban on allotment and conversion of industrial plots into commercials ones with immediate effect.
The chief minister issued these directives while presiding over a meeting regarding commercialisation of industrial plots at SITE Karachi.
The meeting attendees were Mumtaz Ali Shah—the chief secretary, Khalid Hyder Shah—the secretary to local government, Sajid Jamal—principal secretary to the CM, MD SITE, Haleem Sheikh—Secretary Industries and other related officers.
He also directed chief secretary present a policy to the cabinet for further discussion and approval. It was pointed out that land measuring 152 acre of SITE was allotted for several commercial initiatives.
The chief minister was briefed that the allotment was being done by the board on the SITE consisting of 9 government and 60 industrialists. The allotment is legal however the plots being allottedare meant for the industrial reasons, hence they cannot be given for commercial or other purposes.
The chief minister was also informed that plots measuring 153 acres were converted into commercial plots illegally. They include 13 acres for banks, 15 for CNG stations, nine for godowns, 73 acres for showrooms, 19 petrol pumps, six for shopping centers, five for shops, 11 for weighbridge, and one each for a school and workshop.
CM Sindh said that SITE areas was established for industrial purposes but it was being converted into commercial which is illegal.
The chief minister instructed the chief secretary to put up the matter to the provincial cabinet and to immediately impose a complete ban on the allotment and conversion of the plots.