KARACHI: The Sindh government has filed a police case against the owner of a British-era building for illegally demolishing it.
The issue of unauthorized demolition and construction work on the Pana Chand Dasandash Nyandas Building at Moosa Street in Kharadar was highlighted on social media recently.
Architect Marvi Mazhar tweeted a video of the demolition of the building, stating that it was a loss of heritage, asking the ruling party to take action.
These images are evidence to the current status that builder mafia is far stronger and the @Ministerculture department is weaker. Isn’t that a huge issue for the @SindhGovt1 ? What’s a city without its heritage ? #karachi pic.twitter.com/3X8q7T4Qyc
— Marvi Mazhar (@marvimazhar) March 21, 2023
The owner of the building, Mushtaq Ahmed, was served with a show-cause notice on Monday, a day before the demolition was highlighted on social media.
A case against the owner was registered with the Kharadar police station under Section 18 of the Sindh Cultural Heritage (Preservation) Act on the complaint of an employee of the culture, tourism, and antiquities department.
The unauthorized demolition and illegal construction works at buildings and monuments from the colonial period continue mainly due to lacunae in the heritage law as well as a shortage of staff.
This is great admirable tweet for safeguard of Karachi heritage buildings ,
On Napier road , Kumar cinema, Roxy cinema and another building is demolished for construction of new buildings as well as Lea market bus stop.