LAHORE - The City District Government Lahore (CDGL), Water & Sanitation Agency (Wasa) and Lahore Development Authority (LDA) have finally pulled up their socks to re-launch the joint result-oriented anti-encroachment drive, which screeched to a standstill due to one or the other reason some months back, throughout the City. The campaign will start within a few days, for which arrangements are being given final touches with the consultations of members of provincial and national assemblies. Under the new arrangements, the comprehensive drive will nip the public nuisance in the bud forever, and will not let it spill onto the length and breadth of the City. The whole government machinery including Commissioner, DCO, provincial secretaries, chairman task force, TMAs, high-ups of the LDA and Wasa have been making rigorous efforts for the successful execution of the drive. Recommendations for the drive include revision of anti-encroachment strategy, creating new division of the areas most affected by the land mafia, and involving politicians besides notables to make the campaign flawless. The focal point, discussed during recent meetings held in this regard, is the re-emergence of infringements after their elimination. Last drive was started with much funfair but failed to create desired impact. Interestingly, the clearing of encroachments within the multi-storey plazas, a part of the anti-encroachment campaign in the past, has been excluded from the current drive. During the drive Wasas 12 major drains would be made free from encroachments. These drains pass through the City areas of Walton Road, Fruit and Vegetable Market on Ferozepur Road, Bahar Colony, Township, Lahore General Hospital, Chungi Amarsudhu, Satto Katla, Hudyara, Khurshid Alam Road, Gulberg (near Home Economics College), Canal Park, Shama Cinema, Rasool Park, Samnabad, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Abdul Rehman Road, Fortress Stadium, Mian Mir Colony, Upper Mall, Zafar Ali Road, Mustafabad, Mian Mir Graveyard, Governors House, Jinah Garden, Lawrence Road, Birdwood Road, Jail Road, LOS Workshop, The Mall, Lahore Zoo, Queens Road, Diyal Singh Mansion, Mozang, Lytton Road, Chuaburji (near Green Building), Shalimar Road, Shalamar Garden, Medina Colony, Misri Shah, Shadbagh, Bagh Munshi Ladha, Walled City, Data Nagar and Siddiqupura. Sources in the CDGL revealed that the anti-infringement operation, which lasted for five months with full rumble, came to a complete halt at the behest of some influential political leaders. Scores of illegal structures were razed in the City. But the encroachers sprang into action again as soon as the demolition squads left the place after clearing encroachments, the CDGL sources said, adding that the drive would be just a waste of time and financial resources. They said that a strong political will was must to sweep out the menace of encroachment forever. The last drive was launched with much funfair wherein the City was divided into three sectors. Sector I included Data Gunj Buksh Town, Shalimar Town and Ravi Town. Gulberg Town, Aziz Bhatti Town and Wagha Town were a part of Sector II, while Sector III consisted of Samanabad Town, Allama Iqbal Town and Nishtar Town. Three squads were provided with a frond end loader, two dumpers, one truck and related technical stuff. The officials of the Estate Management Directorate of the Town Planning Wing of the LDA were involved in the drive in LDA controlled areas. But still, not much has been changed. The LDA officials seeking anonymity said that for effective raids, formulation of a proper mechanism was imperative. In fact, there is a need to create awareness among people about the sanctity of public land. Roads are built for traffic movement and there would be traffic jams if these are encroached upon. If footpaths are occupied then pedestrians would have to walk on the roads while risking their lives, they added. The LDA had also urged residents of different housing schemes within its jurisdiction to voluntarily eliminate all encroachments without any delay, failing which they would have to bear the demolition charges as well. Action would be taken against the encroachers under sections 33, 34 and 40 of the LDA Act 1975, the sources informed. It may be recalled that Commissioner Lahore Khusro Pervaiz Khan during a recently held meeting announced to make real difference during the upcoming campaign. DCO Lahore Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta has also assured that the operation would prove to be result-oriented.