By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Railways authorities, following a midnight land retrieval operation carried out at Auto Bhan Road in Hyderabad, successfully retrieved land measuring 2.88 kanals or 15,500 square feet where a petrol pump had been built illegally without taking any permission or entering into an official agreement with the department.
According to details, the action was a part of Karachi Division’s Operation Lands Retrieval aimed at retrieving a total of 11 pieces of land in Karachi division where illegal petrol pumps had been constructed.
Eight of the eleven stated pieces of land are in Hyderabad and two out of them have been retrieved during the past three days. The operation was conducted by railways’ police under the supervision of deputy director property and lands and necessary retrieval certificate signed by police, land and engineering officials have been issued accordingly.
Federal Minister for Railways, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, has felicitated the Karachi Division for successfully carrying out another anti-encroachment operation within three days and urged for retrieving each and every inch of PR’s illegally occupied land.
Divisional Superintendent Karachi Railways, Muhammad Hanif Gul, also stressed his team for early conclusion of Operation Land Retrieval as he simply commented “two down and nine to go” on his official Facebook page.