After Nasla Tower,
Tejori Heights will be
demolished in Karachi

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KARACHI: After Nasla Tower, the Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the demolition of Tejori Heights within a month. While announcing the verdict, the apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed, ordered the city commissioner to raze the structure in one month. The court also directed the Tejori Heights owner to pay compensation to the affectees.

The legal counsel representing Tejori Heights owner, Raza Rabbani, requested the court to grant some time before the reimbursement to the allottees can be done.

Tejori Heights

The SC granted at least three-month time to the builders of Tejori Heights for complete reimbursement of the affectees. The top court also directed both the civic authority and the builders to submit a report on the demolition of the building.

Earlier, the SC issued a detailed judgment on the demolition of Nasla Tower in Karachi.

In its detailed verdict, the apex court directed the authorities to use the latest technology to demolish the high-rise building situated on Shahrae Faisal through a controlled blast.

Nasla Tower

SC orders immediate restoration of public parks in Karachi It stated that a modern detonation procedure, being used in other countries, should be adopted to raze the building. The top court ordered to take all precautionary measures to ensure that no damage occurs while demolishing the building. The court directed to complete the process by November 3.

The SC also ordered that the owner of Nasla Tower will pay the cost of the demolition

and directed the Karachi commissioner to sell the plot to recover the amount if he refuses to pay.

Affectees of Nasla Tower

The Supreme Court directed Monday the Karachi authorities to demolish the Nasla Tower through a controlled implosion within a week. Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case pertaining to the illegal construction of the residential complex on a service road on Sharae Faisal.

KARACHI: Victims of Nasla Tower hold protests in the favor of their demands at Shahrah-e-Faisal in Provincial Capital.

In June, the SC had ordered the tower’s demolition over its illegal construction on a service road, telling the builders to refund the registered buyers of the residential and commercial units within three months.

During today’s hearing, the CJP directed the owner of Nasla Tower to compensate the occupants and ordered the Karachi commissioner to ensure payments are made to the affectees.

KARACHI: Victims of Nasla Tower hold protests in the favor of their demands at Shahrah-e-Faisal in Provincial Capital.

The court also issued the instruction to the concerned authorities to submit a compliance report within a week.

The bench stated the tower should be demolished by a controlled implosion and no damage should be done to buildings or people near it.

Earlier this month, Nasla Tower residents had been issued a notice to vacate the building by October 27 or face legal action.

KARACHI: A view of a victim woman of a Nasla Tower Unconscious during a protest in the favor of their demands at Shahrah-e-Faisal.

The notice was issued on October 12 by an official of the District East after the apex court’s rejection of a review petition that requested the court to take back its order to demolish Nasla Tower.

The order had mentioned that the commissioner has to submit a report on the SC’s instructions and ensure the building is vacated.

“Take notice that you are required to vacate the building ie Nasla Tower within (15) days,” read the notice.

“In case of failure, necessary proceedings under Section 3 of Sindh Public Property (Removal of Encroachment) Act, 2010 may be initiated against you, or other coercive action may be taken.”

Nasla Tower, a 15-storey residential building located at the intersection of Sharae Faisal and Shahrah-i-Quaideen.

The matter was taken up by a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed, at the SC’s Karachi registry, where the city commissioner appeared before the court.

The court further instructed the commissioner to ensure that no harm was caused to other buildings and persons in Nasla Tower’s vicinity because of the blast. It also directed the builder of Nasla Tower to refund money to registered buyers of the residential and commercial units, adding that the city commissioner should ensure that the refunds were made.

A three-judge SC bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, had initially ordered the demolition of the 15-storey building for encroaching on the land meant for a service road on June 16.

Issuing a detailed order for the same on June 19, the court had also directed the builders of Nasla Tower to refund the amount to the registered buyers of residential and commercial units within three months.

Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed

The court had said in its judgement that “After examining the entire record and scrutinizing the reports submitted by all concerned agencies and departments, we are in no manner of doubt that the tower in question (Nasla Tower) has indeed been constructed on encroached land which amongst other things has also blocked a service road.”

“Being illegal construction and there being no provision for compounding such illegality specially where a service road has been blocked, the same is liable to be demolished,” it had added.

The apex court had also directed the Karachi commissioner to remove all persons from the building and take its possession immediately and initiate and complete the demolition process as expeditiously as possible and submit a report in court.

Later, the builder of Nasla Tower had filed a review petition against the June 16 order, which was dismissed by the apex court last month.

Subsequently, the district administration served notices to the residents of Nasla Tower earlier this month, directing them to vacate the 15-storey building by October 27 or face coercive action by relevant authorities.

Other cases

On Monday, the SC bench headed by the CJP also heard the case pertaining to the construction of Tejori Heights, which is being contested on the grounds that the land for the building belongs to the Pakistan Railways (PR).

The lawyer representing Tejori Heights said at the hearing that the court had issued directives for sealing the project in November 2020 and a review petition had been filed against the order. He added that the PR had also filed a civil suit pertaining to the matter in the Sindh High Court.