HAFIZABAD0-At least 20 illegal housing colonies are being established by certain influential persons in and around the city while the TMA and district authorities have failed to take action against them.

According to a survey conducted by this correspondent, more than 20 housing colonies are being set up near bypass, canal bank and other roads and the owners of the land have failed to abide by the rules and regulations to establish such dwellings. Neither the roads are paved nor potable water and sewerage system has been provided by the owners at the colonies.

The citizens have called upon the authorities to prevent the establishment of such illegal housing colonies to save the citizens, who have purchased plots for the construction of houses, of mental agony.

It is pertinent to mention that no scavenger or watchman has been posted even in the Low Income Housing Society established by the provincial government on Gujranwala-Hafizabad Road about 20 years ago.

Several influential people have constructed their buildings on the main thoroughfares without getting the approval of site plan by the TMA. The TMA administrator should order a probe against the corrupt mafia in the TMA who allowed unlawful construction without the approval of site plan, the citizens demanded.

WOMAN RAPED: A young married woman on Park Road was sexually assaulted by a fiendish youngman of Tanpura. The City Police have arrested accused Naveed Ahmad and registered a case against him accordingly. According to police source, Mehwish was all alone in her house on Park Road when the accused intruded into the house and forcibly raped her.