KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar on Friday said that the provincial government did not take Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) into confidence regarding handing over Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim to Bahria Town, saying that the KMC will move to court against the decision.
Addressing a press conference, Akhtar said that KMC did not accept the agreement made in the dark of the night. He taunted the provincial government saying that it has no capacity to lift garbage how it will maintain parks and other infrastructure.
He said that the historic park was property of the people of Karachi and not the private property of any individual.
He added that he had no objection over beautification of the park but the way it was handed over to a private party was objectionable.
He invited Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz to come to Karachi and beautify it, adding that KMC will be supporting him.
It is to be mentioned here that the notification issued by the Sindh local government ministry Thursday stated that the decision to hand over the park “for adoption” had been taken after its approval by a competent authority, but made it clear that salary of its staff would be paid by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).
“In pursuance of notification of even number dated 21-11-2016 and with the approval of competent authority, Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim Park along with aquarium situated in Clifton has been taken over by the local government department from KMC and handed over to M/S Bahria Town Private Limited for adoption as per agreement executed on 30-03-2017,” said the notification.