SHC orders LEW affectees’ verification to compensate them

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed authorities concerned to compensate the affectees of Lyari Expressway after verifying their National Identity Cards (NICs) from the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA).

A division bench, headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, was hearing the plea filed by the citizens who had vacated their houses for completion of Lyari Expressway on the assurance that they would be compensated for evacuating the land.

During the hearing, the court observed that dead people cannot come to claim their compensation, but at least the living persons should be compensated for their land.

The bench directed the authorities concerned to make all the affected people verified from NADRA within 10 days and compensate them at the earliest.

Earlier, the petitioners had submitted that they had the government had acquired their houses on route of the project and assured them they would be compensated. They said that they evacuated their houses and gave it for the project’s completion but the said amount was not being paid by the authorities concerned even after the passage of several years. The court was requested to direct the projectors to pay compensation to all the affected people.