PESHAWAR - Peshawar High Court (PHC) Tuesday directed Provincial Transport Authority (PTA) to abolish illegal bus stands and parking places in provincial metropolis within 20 days.

Apart from, the court also ordered action against serving and retired police officials involved in transport trade while also directed the chief minister to supervise the process. The PHC termed it compulsory to obtain NOC from traffic police for parking place.

The two-member bench headed by PCH Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Asadullah Khan Chamkani while hearing a suo motu notice against illegal bus stands and parking lots said that parking places have been established in sensitive areas and lacking security arrangements.

Officials of PTA and SSP traffic Peshawar Khalid Hamdani appeared in the court.

When the court inquired that whether police department has taken any action against officials either serving or retired who were running illegal stands and parking places in the city then the traffic police SSP did not present a satisfactory reply.

The court said that the chief minister, traffic police and CCPO Peshawar should take note of the situation and abolish all illegal stands and parking places within next 20 days.

The court was told that while taking action against illegal parking, some 57 FIRs have been registered and collected Rs31 lakh from violators, moreover about 802 rickshaws plying in Peshawar from other cities have been banned.