SBCA courts, land for power plants among projects approved by Sindh govt

KARACHI: In a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, the approval for setting up Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) courts, along with the allotment of 5,801 acres of land for the installation of renewable power plants and the national grid station, was given by the Sindh government.

The land was allotted on a 30-year lease to 10 private firms and the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) in Thatta, Dadu and Jamshoro for the construction of solar and wind power projects. This initiative will bring almost Rs9.13 billion for the provincial exchequer, informed a member of the Board of Revenue (BOR).

In addition, the cabinet attendees approved the establishment of SCBA courts by the local government, which will deal with matters related to the SBCA activities. The courts will be set up under the SBCA Ordinance, 1979.

The activities carried out by the SBCA include anti-encroachment drives, removing four to five illegal structures daily and FIRs of the cases are registered at SBCA police station.

To cater to the disposal of the cases by the judicial magistrate, the creation of courts was fundamental, the cabinet meeting was briefed. Hence, the local government department was directed by the cabinet to start setting up the courts where necessary.

The other projects approved by the cabinet were the formation of a three-member committee to review the proposal presented by the Board of Revenue (BoR) regarding the valuation table of urban properties of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur. Approval for the amendment in the Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Employees (Recruitment) Rules 2014 was also given, under which all posts, including the posts of secretary/executive director, will be made open for civil servants along with people from relevant academic backgrounds to apply for.

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