RAWALPINDI: The special anti-encroachment squad of City Traffic Police Rawalpindi has intensified its operation against encroachments on important roads.
In its campaign started in October last the police have filed 51 cases against 100 persons under section 341. The police also seized three truckload of goods, 1,447 push-cards, 959 showcases and about 2,300 crates and handed these over to cantonment.
The operation was done in the areas of Saddar Cantt., Raja Bazar, Bara Bazar, City Sadar Road, Iqbal Road, Murree, Commercial Market and other main roads of the city. The police had to face resistance in the Bara Bazar.
Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rawalpindi Shahid Ali Yousuf said the traffic police are trying to improve the flow of traffic on roads. He said that other agencies should play their role in elimination of encroachments because the traffic police need their cooperation to improve flow of traffic. He emphasized that the other organisations should assign its staff for monitoring and checking duties in the evenings and the staff should be noticed because of its actions against encroachments.
The CTO said that the traffic police was in full action and the other organisations should also come forward to make the operation a success.
Drive against wrong parking
Traffic wardens and field officers have been directed to take strict action against double and wrong parking of vehicles which create hurdles in smooth flow of traffic on city roads.
Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Shahid Ali Yousaf has ordered all the field officers to take action in accordance with the law against double parking, wrong parking and one-way violators, particularly in congested areas, to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
“All out efforts are being made to regulate city traffic,” he said and urged the citizens to cooperate with traffic police so that traffic problems could be resolved and people could be facilitated regarding smooth flow of traffic on city roads. More traffic wardens have been deployed at busy roads to clear wrong parking while fork-lifters will also be available to carry away wrongly parked vehicles, he added. Lifted vehicles would be impounded in respective police station and released only on payment of penalty.
(TRANSLATION BY ARSHAD SHAHEEN with additional input by app)
Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2017.
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