LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif has said that campaign against encroachments should be continued without any fear and pressure; however, poor venders and hawkers should be given some concession. He said that people are facing great problems due to illegal encroachments besides traffic system has also badly affected. Keeping in view the public interest, the province will be completely purged of encroachments, he added. Shahbaz Sharif was presiding over a high level meting held to review the campaign against illegal encroachments at CM Secretariat here on Sunday. Members Provincial Assembly, Rana Iqbal, Hafiz Nauman, Ramzan Bhatti, Dr Asad Ashraf, Chairman Task Force Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, Chief Secretary, Commissioner Lahore, DG LDA, DG PHA, DIG Traffic, SSP Lahore as well as officers of concerned departments were also present. The chief minister said that he had taken effective measures for the elimination of encroachments during his previous tenure irrespective of any affiliation but during the past years, the encroachments were again made at various places throughout the province, which resulted in spoiling the beauty of the cities. Shahbaz Sharif said that this campaign should be implemented effectively and no concession be given to any influential person, however, human aspect should be kept in view and poor and deserving people be motivated through negotiations to remove encroachments. He said that financial assistance if required should also be considered in this regard and time should also be given to the people for shifting their belongings. The CM said that he has also decided to meet the poor affectees of the Shalamar Interchange so that their complaints could be addressed. While taking strict notice of illegal passages, he directed DG LDA and DCO Lahore to take strict action against those responsible for making illegal passages by cutting the median at various places in Lahore. He said that if the trend of breaking the service lanes was not stopped, the aim of construction of roads and flow of smooth traffic would not be achieved. He directed to take strict action against those petrol pumps, which have set up illegal passages by cutting service lanes.