Rawalpindi - No operation is being launched against the encroachers while the encroaches have occupied footpaths creating traffic mess on major roads causing problems for the motorists as well as shoppers in different markets of the city as well as cantonment.

The encroaches have occupied roads, footpaths on Benazir Bhutto Road, Bara Market, Namak Mandi, Narnkari Bazaar, Fawara Chowk, Trunk Bazaar,

Jamia Masjid Road, Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Commercial Market, Saidpur

Road, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Asghar Mall Road, Ganjmandi Road, Dhoke Mangtal Road and Bagh Sardaran in the city and Tench Bhatta, Kamalabad, Dhoke Syedan, Lalkurti, Sher Zaman Colony, Chur Chowk Road, Chungi No 22, Dehri Hasanabad and Tahli Morri Chowk in the cantonment.

Motorists strongly condemn the encroachment mafia. “We could not even move in markets for shopping because of encroachments,” a visitor in Bara market, Nadeem warriach, said.

Muhammad Akmal, a customer at Saddar Bazaar said that parking plaza is need of hour to park the vehicles at one place, due to lack of plaza, motorists park their vehicles at main road which caused a congestion of traffic. The encroachers occupy all roads, footpaths and open spaces, but concerned authorities are not taking to action to remove the encroachment, he questioned.

Talking to APP, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rawalpindi Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Shoaib Khurram Janbaz said without removal of encroachment, increasing traffic problems cannot be controlled and other traffic related issues cannot be addressed properly. He said special arrangements had been made to control the traffic jams in the town particularly during the construction period of metro bus service project. Wrong parking of vehicles on the city roads was strictly being checked and negligence on part of traffic police officials would not be tolerated, he said.

He urged the citizens to cooperate with traffic police so that all traffic related problems could be address properly. Under the traffic plan devised for the regular traffic flow, traffic police officers have been directed to take action against violators of traffic rules in accordance with the law. He said traffic wardens have also been directed to work with dedication and commitment and ensure the traffic flow so that traffic mess particularly on congested roads could be averted.