Right of way: Don’t park on my footpath

Published: May 21, 2017
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Man goes to IHC over ‘encroachment’ by showroom owners who usurp space for pedestrians. PHOTO: REUTERS

Man goes to IHC over ‘encroachment’ by showroom owners who usurp space for pedestrians. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: A petitioner has approached the Islamabad High Court against the “illegal” parking of vehicles on footpaths and other public spaces by owners of car showrooms in the capital.

The petitioner, through his counsel Yasir Mehmood Chaudhary, has filed a petition and made the chairman of the Capital Development Authority [CDA] and Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation [IMC] Mayor Shiekh Anser Aziz, Inspector General of Police [IGP] and Deputy Commissioner of the Islamabad Capital Territory [ICT] as respondents.

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The counsel said that owners of the car showrooms park their vehicles over footpaths and on spaces meant for the public to park their cars. As a result, it compels petitioner and other pedestrians to walk on the main road “which is risky because of speedy traffic.”

Chaudhary said that owners of car showrooms had parked their vehicles on the footpaths in Sector G-8, G-9 and F-10, making it difficult for pedestrians to walk on the footpaths.

Even though it disturbs people, but Chaudhry argued that the respondents had turned a blind eye to the activity in these areas. Moreover, he argued that such illegal parking at times causes traffic jams since there is no space left for vehicles to pass through.

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Chaudhary said that the CDA chairman and Islamabad mayor had only conduct anti-encroachment operations against pushcart owners but did not check those occupying public space through this illegal parking.

Explaining why he had reached out the IHC, Chaudhry said that the petitioner had sent an application to the respondents on November 27, 2016, seeking removal of cars “illegally” parked outside the showrooms but no action had been taken against these vehicles till now.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2017.

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  • Bilal
    May 23, 2017 - 10:48PM

    Well I hope they take action against Showroom Owners in Karachi also. I live at Khalid bin Walid road in Karachi which is crowded with showrooms. A few weeks ago one of the partners at SQ Motors, Shahid parked his cars on my drive way and I’ve requested them a million times not to park on my drive way yet he doesn’t listen and started using abusive language against me and threatened me. Though I know the other owners of the showroom too but this guy is completely ridiculous and feels as if his parents have left this whole street for him in their Will. Which is pathetic because our street gets so crowded yet they don’t listen. I really hope they take action against such showroom owners as they are culprits and cause such a problem for us residentials and it is our complete right because it is our property yet they threaten us and curse us.Recommend

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