City faces traffic jams as entry, exit points sealed

RAWALPINDI: The citizens of the capital are facing terrible traffic jams as several entrance and exit points have been sealed due to the protests of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.According to reports, several entrance points from Rawalpindi to Islamabad have been closed by placing containers and heavy vehicles on the roads, due to which the pressure of traffic on specific open roads have increased. The movement of cars on these specific roads is very slow especially on the IJ Principal Road while the traffic flow is already disturbed on the Murree Road due to the metro bus project. On the other hand, the nurseries of Sector H8 are witnessing fewer visitors due to the blockage of roads. The access has become the main issue due to the prevailing political situation and the ongoing construction work in the area.The competition among the nurseries has also become intense as more than 90 outlets are in the city, and most of them close to the Peshawar More, Rawal Lake, and Chake Shehzad. The Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) nursery, sprawling over a vast area, offered an impressive collection of plants and trees. Ahmad Saeed, who owns a nursery in Sector H8, said that the overall sale of the plants had declined for the last few months. “Other than flowers, we also do business of exotic flowerpots of different sizes and designs,” he added. He said, “Apart from the local sales, the nurseries here supply plants and saplings and flowers to a wide area stretching from Attock to Jhelum, including Murree and Hazara.” “The major advantage is the central location of the city, and secondly the overall business environment is proactive here, but the circumstances have changed a lot due to prevailing political situation and because of the construction work,” said Nasirullah Khan, another nursery owner in Sector H8. Nasirullah said that the access to Sector H8 nurseries has become an uphill task due to the blockage of roads, and the business was not too good. “Very few people visit and most of the visitors are just window-shoppers and they are not many serious buyers,” he added.He further said that the cost of labour, fertiliser, seeds and flowerpots had gone up over the years and the business was now becoming increasingly difficult in the current political situation. “We just wish for this construction work to be completed as soon as possible and that the political atmosphere in the country becomes peaceful, calm, and stable,” he added.

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