KARACHI: A huge area of 18,000-acre land has been retrieved from the land grabbers in Karachi by the PPP-led Government of Sindh told by Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday to the Sindh Assembly.
Qaim Ali Shah was speaking on a resolution in Sindh Assembly, which urged the government to take steps for retrieval of forestland occupied by influential persons in Sindh province.
With water recedition from the Indus and land fell vacant the influential people occupied it,which is currently in thousands of acres in Katcha area. However, the government has taken steps to get vacated the land from illegal encroachment of influential persons, Shah said, adding that 2/3rd trees in Katcha area have been chopped off illegally by encroachers.
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He also announced that the government was going to amend law to allot 25-acres land to small farmers in Katcha area with an incentive of allotting additional 5 acres land to plant trees on it.
Shah said, The lease/allotment of land will be conditional with plantation of trees because Government has no capacity to plant trees in huge quantity and later to look after of them. He conceded that encroachment on Katcha land still continued, but the practice was less in the present government than the encroachment of thousands of acres in the previous governments.
Qaim Ali Shah said, Action to retrieve the encroached land was unpleasant as it created anger among lots of influential peoples in Sindh, Sindh Government will continue operation against land grabbers in the interest of Sindh and its public.