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Friday Dec 09 2022
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Administrator Karachi suspends collection of charged parking fees

By
Web Desk
A view of illegal motorbike parking creating hurdles for visitors at Sadar bazaar in Karachi, December 29, 2022. — INP
A view of illegal motorbike parking creating hurdles for visitors at Sadar bazaar in Karachi, December 29, 2022. — INP

  • Dr Saif-ur-Rehman makes major announcements after appointment.
  • "Until new auctions take place, citizens can enjoy free parking."
  • He says KMC employees will not be involved in contracted parking.


Hours after taking charge as the administrator of Karachi, Dr Saif-ur-Rehman Friday announced suspending charged parking fees in the metropolis.

"KMC [Karachi Metropolitan Corporation] will not collect parking fees anymore. The staff collecting the fee [should be stopped] and until the new auctions take place, the citizens can enjoy free parking," he said while chairing a meeting comprising representatives from different departments.

KMC employees are involved in authorising parking spaces on a contractual basis — may it be Safari Park or any other park.

"From today onward, all the contracts that KMC employees have taken up will end and no employee of the corporation will be involved in such activities," the administrator warned.

Dr Rehman announced to increase in the rent of KMC-owned shops in a week and directed that in the first phase of rehabilitation, 28 major roads should be repaired immediately.

The new-appointed administrator said trees should be planted on the green belt between the roads, all pedestrian bridges should be repaired immediately, and the encroachment drive should continue.

Dr Rehman was appointed as the port city's administrator Wednesday after the Sindh government accepted former administrator Murtaza Wahab's resignation, a notification from the Sindh Local Government Department said.

"In exercise of powers, vested U/s 21(3) of Sindh Local Government Act, 2013 [...] and with the approval of the competent authority, upon acceptance of resignation of Barrister Murtaza Wahab [...] Dr Syed Saif-urRehman, an officer of PAS (BS-20) [...] is hereby appointed as Administrator, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation."

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) nominated Dr Rehman for the slot.