Market encroachments demolished

Heavy machinery used to raze illegal structures

APP May 20, 2024
Heritage trail project in Peshawar is derailed by ineffective governance, encroachments, and garbage, diminishing its cultural showcase vision. PHOTO: EXPRESS


Encroachments were removed from Aminpur Bazaar during a campaign in the city.

Municipal Corporation Faisalabad (MCF) Chioef Officer Muhammad Zubair Wattoo said on Sunday that Additional Deputy Commissioner Revenue Nauman Afzal Awan supervised the anti-encroachment operation during which heavy machinery was used to remove cemented encroachments from the market.

The MCF teams also demolished sheds that exceeded the three-foot limit in front of shops besides confiscating the material used in the encroachment.

He said that encroachment was an offence, the crackdown against it would continue and its scope would be expanded to other parts of the city.

He said that shopkeepers and residents of downtown areas should voluntarily remove their encroachments, otherwise, strict action would be taken against them besides heavy fines and forfeiting their material without any discrimination.

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Silwat Saeed said the Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency (PHATA) had approved seven development schemes for Faisalabad.

Chairing a meeting, she reviewed various development schemes in the district and directed the officers of PHATA and local government to compile a comprehensive report about them and present it in the next meeting, which would be held a week later. She was also briefed about compound wall and building control of various schemes. She directed the officers concerned to revisit the schemes and participate in the next meeting with full preparation for a comprehensive briefing so that public welfare and development schemes could be completed as early as possible.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2024.


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