MARDAN - Despite strict orders of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Parveez Khattak, local administration has failed to launch anti-encroachments drive in Mardan City.

Majority of the shopkeepers and market owners have constructed their shops and markets on the government’s lands and also illegally established 4 to 5 feet sheds in front of their shops.  The local administration had identified many shops and markets constructed illegally on government’s land. However, majority of shopkeepers claimed that local administration has made an agreement with them and allowed construction of 3 feet sheds in front of their shops. Few days ago during oath-taking ceremony at the Chief Minister House in Peshawar, Ihsan Bacha, President Markar-e-Tanzeem-e- Tajiran requested the chief minister to give relaxation to traders of Mardan. However, the chief minister rejected the request and directed Deputy Commissioner Mardan Shahidullah Khan to remove all encroachments from the bazaars. However despite the clear directives from the chief minister, local administration has not launched anti-encroachments drive in the city.

When The Nation contacted Deputy Commissioner Shahidullah Khan, he told that very soon local administration will start anti-encroachments operation in the district. He said that some shopkeepers got stay order from local court and after lifting the stay orders the district administration will start operation in the district.

He confirmed that district administration has allowed shopkeepers to establish 3 feet shed to save their shops from rain and sunlight.