Rawalpindi - The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench yesterday declared that contempt of court proceedings would be initiated against bosses of all the civic bodies and municipal departments in the city if they failed to remove encroachments and hurdles from roads and markets.

LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi disposed of a petition filed by Advocate Anwar Dar against rampant encroachments and hurdles at major markets and main roads of the city.

In his order, Justice Ibad noted that contempt of court proceedings would be initiated against administrators of Rawal and Potohar Towns and Director General of Rawalpindi Development Authority if they failed to remove encroachments in the city.

The court ended the hearing in the petition after district coordination officer, executive officers of Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonment Boards, and heads of the municipal Towns submitted written reports saying encroachments from major roads and markets had been removed. The court also directed Punjab government to fill vacant posts in Rawal and Potohar Towns or all the municipal bodies to hire staff on daily wages. The court observed that shortage of staff had been a hurdle in removing the encroachments.

Advocate Dar had petitioned before the LHC saying that the municipal authorities had failed to remove encroachments to clean 105 major drains in the city and to remove unauthorised speed breakers.

The petitioner had made city heads of Rawal, Potohar Towns, Rawalpindi, Chaklala Cantonment Boards, RDA, and DCO as respondents in the petition.

Separately, the LHC stopped Executive District Officer (EDO) Health from handing over extra duties to doctors and paramedics working in Basic Health Units and Rural Health Centres in rural areas of Rawalpindi.

Justice Ibad ue Rehman Lodhi directed the EDO Health that the doctors and the paramedics could not be forced to perform their duties in the city area for controlling dengue in Ramazan Bazaars and in Sunday bazaars. The court deferred the hearing in the petition till September 8, 2016.

Citing the EDO health and secretary Punjab health department as respondents, Dr Shahzed Ahmed and 14 other doctors and paramedics had moved the LHC through their lawyer Manzoor Hussain Mughal.

They stated that it was duty of district health office to launch special campaigns against dengue and polio. They said that the DHO had enough financial resources and manpower to launch such campaigns in urban areas.

The petitioners claimed that the BHUs and RHCs had practically been non-functional for last three months as the EDO office had directed the staff to carry out duties in urban areas.