Not in favour of Moon Garden residents’ ouster: Saad Rafique

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday said that Moon Garden land is a property of railway and Karachi Development Authority (KDA) whereas Pakistan Railway is not a party in the case.

While talking to media after the inauguration of exhibition in Expo Centre, Saad Rafique stated that he is not in favour of the ouster of Moon Garden tenants.

He said that it is being assessed whether to nab the builder or the land provider however it is not certained that who sold 2 acres 1 canal land to Moon builder developer.

He also told that if NOC of the land has not been taken then the lease can be cancelled.

For this purpose, Pakistan Railway has sent its team and the entire records are being examined, he added.

The three-day protest of the residents ended as the Sindh High Court (SHC)ordered the police to stop the process of evacuation of Moon Garden Flats till November 18.

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The people were forced to spend three cold November nights under open skies as the apartment complex was sealed on court’s orders.

According to the details, Moon Garden flat is built on railway’s land in Gulistan-e-Johar, Karachi. Official documents show the project was launched in 1998 and its map was approved after ten years in 2009. Block A and B maps were approved by the Cantonment Board and the BCA had approved maps of Block C, D, E and F.

Residents have alleged that the then concerned officials allowed construction on the site.

According to a report, more than four thousand acres of railway land has been grabbed. But the question remains that why concerned authorities or railway police failed to take action when such projects were launched. NNI

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