LAHORE The overhead pedestrian bridges constructed over the Citys busiest roads have become residences of beggars and addicts, reveals a survey conducted by The-Nation on Tuesday. It has been discovered that the overhead bridges constructed by the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) to facilitate the pedestrians are losing their utility. The people are reluctant to use this facility because the addicts and beggars are making use of the bridges as toilet while on certain bridges animals have crapped right in the middle of the way. The Nation has also learnt that in past a number of road accidents resulted from the Lahorites unwillingness to use these uphill ways even during the rush hour. The CDGL had constructed not less than 10 overhead pedestrian bridges at various points over busy roads. Three bridges were constructed at Ferozepur Ro-ad, two at Jail Road, one at The Mall, two at Circular Road near Dehli Gate and Sheranwala Gate, one at Multan Road and at Shahdara (Kot Shahab Din). The survey further reveals that the people prefer to cross the roads through broken fences and iron grills, which especially were built by the CDG in order to compel the citizens to use bridges for crossing the roads. Furthermore, certain places under the overhead bridges have been occupied and encroached by some influentials in connivance with the CDGL officials. Shops and stalls of eatables erected at these points are stretching metres on the roads that also create problems in the smooth flow of traffic. Instead of building overhead bridges at various places, underpasses should have been constructed which are more convenient for the pedestrians, as these have fewer stairs, opined Sardar Ahmad, an old man. Munib Ahmad, a resident of Ichhra said that he did not use the overhead bridges because he thought it was a waste of time to climb all the stairs and then come down on the other side of the road. It is hard to cross roads through these overhead bridges for patients and elderly people, he added. It may be mentioned that the Engineering Wing of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Traffic and Engineering Planning Authority (TEPA) do not focus on the maintenance work of the overhead bridges due to which they are losing utility. Medics observe 'black day On the call of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), medics from teaching hospitals observed black day on Tuesday to condemn abduction of a Jinnah Hospital doctor and US court verdict against Dr Aafia Siddiqui. The PMA office-bearers and other doctors later staged a protest demonstration outside the Press Club to press for the recovery of Dr Ali Abdullah and the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Dozens of doctors led by the PMA president Prof. Dr Yasmin Raashid, Dr Tanveer Anwar and other office bearers gathered outside the Lahore Press Club. They were carrying placards inscribed with slogans against the US govt. They chanted slogans against the government for not playing its role for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Addressing the protestors, Dr. Anwar condemned abduction of Dr Ali Abdullah and verdict against Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He said the US courts decision was a matter of great concern for the medical community as well as Pakistani nation. He demanded of the government to take action against those involved in Dr Ali Abdullahs abduction. Later in a meeting at PMA house it was decided that if the government did not take appropriate steps for release of Dr Ali Abdullah, the PMA would give a call of protest across the province.