ISLAMABAD - Transparency International Pakistan has requested National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate Rs 50 billion corruption case of illegal allotment of one acre commercial plot fraudulently converted into two acres by Sindh government.

According to the available documents with The Nation, TIP wrote a letter to Director General NAB Karachi and said it has received a complaint about the allegation of corruption by Sindh government in illegal allotment of a one acre commercial plot in Amenity Block No 6 KDA Scheme No 5, as per master plan of a public park, fraudulently converted into two acres and construction of illegal high rise 560 commercial buildings, a corruption of Rs 50 billion.

The documents further state that Amenity Block No 6 and measuring 246 acres of notified KDA scheme 5, Kehkeshan comprises a seawater lake of 192 acres and a peripheral park area of 54 acres.

This tidal lake a portion of the eastern backwater of KPT, within the jurisdiction of the Karachi Port Trust is also known as “The Boating Basin”.

A stone embankment was constructed to contain the water, and the fenced in area was handed over by the lessors, the KDA, to the KMA for development.

In 1975, on an application of M/s, M.J. Construction Company dated December 26th, 1975, for allotment of one acre commercial plot in Boat Basin in block 6 Clifton, KDA on June 6th, 1976 illegally carved out a plot in the park (Amenity area) on the orders dated February 2nd, 1976 of the then chief minister at the rate of Rs 225/syds.

TIP claimed in its letter that it had examined the complaint, and is of the view that this is similar case of illegal allotment of two commercial plots in the Amenity area of Clifton Block 4 by KDA by the same officers of KDA in February 1976.

On February 2nd, 1976 KDA illegally auctioned two plots for commercial use of 100 syds area each, in parking area (Amenity Area) of Clifton Block 4.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan order does not allow changes of use of public reserved area of utilities, parks, playgrounds, roads, car parks, nullahs, rivers and all reserved amenity plots into any commercial use.

The Sindh High Court had already ordered the allotment as illegal. TIP requested the DG NAB to take urgent notice of these allegations as it is similar to the case of illegal commercial building in Neher Khayam, Clifton and if the complaint is found correct, the plot may be cancelled and KDA and owners may be held accountable under NAO 1999.