By Shakil Paracha
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, has imposed a ban on allotment and conversion of industrial plots into commercials ones forthwith and directed the chief secretary to put up a policy to the cabinet for further discussion and approval. He issued these directives while presiding over a meeting regarding commercialization of industrial plots at SITE Karachi, said a statement yesterday.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Lcoal Government Khalid Hyder Shah, Secretary Industries Haleem Shaikh, SITE MD and other officers concerned.
It was pointed out that land measuring 152 acre of SITE was allotted for Cinema, three acres; banks, 4 acres; CNG stations, 23 acres; godowns, 40 acres; hotels ,three acres; offices & showrooms, 40 acres; petrol pumps, 26 acres; shopping center, one acre; post office, one acre; shops, seven acres; weighbridge, two acres; and for workshops, two acres.
The CM Sindh was told that the allotment was being made by the board of the SITE comprising nine government members and 60 tenants/ industrialists.
The allotment is legal but the plots were meant for industrial purposes, therefore, they cannot be allotted for commercial or other purposes, he was told.
Mr. Shah said that no doubt the SITE areas werr established for industrial purposes but it was being converted into commercial one which was illegal.