Encroachments are growing in several parts of district Nankana Sahib ahead of the holy month of Ramazan while the authorities concerned have failed to control the trend.

Encroachments in different areas have become one of the big problems not only for the motorists but also for the residents of Nanankana Sahib city, Shah Kot and Sangla Hill. Footpaths in the markets are crowded with stalls of different snacks, dates, fruit and other edibles. Customers who visit these markets get no walking space.

The need of the hour is to take action against the encroachers and bringing an end to the activity. Local people told the media that the encroachments were the main reason behind traffic jams, as the encroachers have occupied almost half of the roads. Not only the motorists but also the pedestrians are facing problems.

The residents asked the authorities concerned to play effective role to remove these encroachments from the roads for smooth flow of traffic.

Yasir, a buyer at Shahkot Market, said that there was traffic everywhere, and this is only because of the wrong car parking and encroachments. In several markets, the encroachers have occupied both sides of the roads and left no space for the pedestrians which cause worst traffic jams.

The TMA said that no shopkeeper would be allowed to encroach footpaths except those selling Ramazan and Eid-specific items. He said that soon after Eid, the authority would initiate a comprehensive drive to purge the city’s markets and residential areas of encroachments.