DHA and Bahria Town have encroached ‘785 kanals’ of land along M9 Motorway

M-9 is a six-lane, which is around 136-km long and connects Karachi to Hyderabad.

DHA and Bahria Town have encroached '785 kanals' of land along M9 Motorway | Report

According to a report published by the Auditor General of Pakistan, two real estate trademarks – Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and Bahria Town – have illegally used 785 kanals of land.

The stated encroached land is along the Karachi-Hyderabad M-9 motorway. During inspection of the financial affairs of the National Highway Authority (NHA), auditors remarked that Bahria Town Karachi (BTK) encroached around 491-kanal land and DHA City Karachi grabbed 294-kanal land of the NHA.

Auditor General of Pakistan’s report

M-9 is a six-lane, which is around 136-km long and connects Karachi to Hyderabad. The road was constructed between 2015 and 2018 by expanding the current Superhighway, and it also tends to the commercial traffic, which originates from Karachi Port and Port Qasim.

According to the audit report, BTK used 491-kanal of NHA’s land on M-9 for the construction of interchange ‘without receiving any approval from NHA authorities, or entering into a lease agreement with the Authority.’ It was also noted that DHA City constructed an interchange and access road at the NHA’s LAnd at M-9 by using 3km government land.

Auditors have recommended that a probe should be launched to fix the responsibility, and recover the lost dues. The auditors initially pointed out the matter in 2021, but did not receive any response from the National Highway Authority.

In the report, it was also mentioned that regulatory framework and standard operating procedue for commercial use and preservation should be used to implement NHA’s policies on specific things. The commercial use of the right of way was ethically in contravention to the regional and religious sensitivities of the people.

BTK opened its interchange on M9 initially in 2020. The project includes three underpasses, access roads, service roads and multiple slip roads, along with a part of M9.

The Supreme Court had previously accepted BTK’s Rs460 billion offer for the Malir district land, which it had occupied. It also restrained the accountability bureau from filing references against it three years ago.

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