RAWALPINDI - The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) and police are violating the clear orders of Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench about removing containers placed at various entry and exit points of the garrison city and are still placing containers in various points, creating troubles for the citizens.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on August 27, while hearing the petition filed by District Bar Association, directed the local administration to clear all the ways of garrison city by removing containers. However, the court orders are not being followed and the entry and exit points of the city at GIP Road and Dhoke Hassu (controlled by police stations Gunjmandi and Ratta) have been blocked by placing heavy containers, irking the residents of Dhoke Mangtal, Dhoke Ratta, Dhoke Khabba, Dhoke Kashmirian, Boring Road, Fauji Colony, New Chak Madad Khan, Allah Abad, and Westridge.
The transporters, traders, shopkeepers, students, office goers and people belonging to different walks of life including old age men and women on Tuesday expressed their deep concern over closure of roads with containers by police and city district government in several areas of the city and demanded removal of containers immediately.
They said that they were facing hardships due to roads blockage with heavy containers as the people have to take long alternative routes to reach their destinations. “We have been restrained to our houses and can’t go outside,” said a resident.
The traders and marble sellers claimed that their businesses had been facing huge losses since the police blocked the roads. Talking to The Nation, Chaman Imran, a government employee and resident of Dhoke Hassu, said that the containers had blocked access of people to offices, hospitals and business centres. “My daughter is sick with complaints of vomiting and I made my mind to take her to NESCOM hospital on my car but I have to return home after seeing containers placed at Dhoke Hassu near Attock Fuel Pump,” he said, adding that he brought her ailing daughter on motorcycle owing to which her condition started deteriorating. He appealed to the government to remove containers in the best interests of the people.
A large number of transporters vehemently condemned police and district government for blocking roads with containers. They said that no passenger was coming from residential areas to travel on public transport owing to blockade of roads.