DERA GHAZI KHAN-The costly gates and barriers set up to ensure smooth flow of traffic and stop encroachments in the main bazaars here have been stolen or damaged due to the negligence of Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) of Dera Ghazi Khan.
The TMA has become most corrupt and irresponsible public department in the district. It has destroyed the original beauty of city. Even the TMA authorities are willingly ignoring the court directions to improve the condition of the city. As per a report of Executive Engineer Provincial Highway Division (PHD) DG Khan, steel gates and barriers were fixed on the four main roads and some streets in 2010-11 from Traffic Chowk to Kalma Chowk and Andhay Wali Pully to City Pump.
The report said that the purpose of project was to avoid any kind of trespassing in the main bazaars of Golai Committee. After removing huge encroachments in bazaars by PHD, steel gates and barriers were fixed to avoid encroachments .
However, the TMA did not take any interest to stop encroachments for which the steel gates and street barriers were fixed.
Currently, the steel gates have been damaged and barriers have been stolen but TMA DG Khan has not taken any action against the culprits. Due to corruption in TMA , dozens complaints are pending against TMA in the court of The Punjab Ombudsman.
In a case, the Punjab Ombudsman has directed TMA DG Khan to arrange the inspection of the roads and lane points to locate the places wherefrom the pipes have been removed and replacement of the pipes be carried out. Efforts be made by TMA to find out the persons who removed the iron pipes, he further directed.
The directions were issued on April 20, 2016, but still TMA DG Khan has not taken any step to investigate the matter and follow the court order. Despite court order, under bargaining, black sheep of TMA has allowed shopkeepers to make beloved encroachment for their business.