‘Traffic snarls due to encroachments’

RTO, traders demand operation against illegal settlements


Our Correspondent May 27, 2021
PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI:

Encroachments are creating impediments to the smooth flow of traffic as encroachers have set up their kiosks on footpaths in the city.

Encroachers can be seen in Chungi No 22, Bara Market, Namak Mandi, Narnkari Bazaar, Fawara Chowk, Trunk Bazaar, Jamia Masjid Road, Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Commercial Market, Saidpur Road, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Asghar Mall Road, Ganjmandi Road, Dhoke Mangtal Road and Bagh Sardaran in the city.

Speaking to the media Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rai Mazhar Iqbal said encroachments were a major obstacle in the smooth flow of traffic, adding that traffic police were making all-out efforts to avoid traffic snarls on roads. He asked the traders to cooperate with traffic police in eradicating encroachment.

On the other hand, city traders have expressed concern over ever-increasing encroachments in the city and demanded the departments concerned to remove illegal encroachments to end frequent traffic jams which were badly affecting their business.

Meanwhile, the Tehsil Municipal Officer said that raids are being conducted in city markets to remove all kinds of encroachments.

Now, the staff concerned has also been directed to expedite the ongoing efforts being made to remove encroachments from city areas.

Special teams have been constituted to wipe out encroachment, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2021.

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