Wedding halls across Karachi to remain open tomorrow as Marriage Halls Association takes back call

KARACHI: The Karachi Marriage Halls Association took back their call of closing wedding halls from tomorrow after receiving assurances from the Sindh local bodies minister, Saeed Ghani. 

Earlier, the association announced that wedding halls across the metropolis will be closed from Sunday, January 27 (today) in light of notices issued by the Sindh Control Building Authority (SCBA) on Supreme Court orders.

The Supreme Court on January 22 barred the use of residential houses for commercial purposes. “Wedding halls, shopping malls and plazas will not be constructed on residential plots,” SC’s Karachi registry ordered.

Further, the court had ordered all encroachments across the metropolis should be immediately razed. “The buildings which are not part of the master plan should be demolished. The city should be restored to how it was 40 years ago. No matter how many buildings there are, they should be demolished,” Justice Gulzar Ahmed said.

Following the Supreme Court’s orders, SCBA sent notices to fifty per cent of the districts in Karachi’s east and centre to halt all commercial activities.

According to officials, SCBA is scheduled to begin its anti-encroachment operation from January 28 (Monday).

 Members of the Karachi Marriage Halls Association staged a protest outside SCBA’s office located in Civic Centre today after the received the notices. “We were given a three days notice. Where are we supposed to work?” the protesters asked.