Encroachments hit bazaars ahead of Eid

RAWALPINDI: The city district government and the administration of the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board have failed to eliminate the rapidly increasing encroachments from the bazaars and markets of the town, ahead of Eidul Fitr.The encroachments are not only causing problems for the pedestrians but also creating hurdles in smooth flow of traffic, a survey of bazaars in the city conducted by APP revealed. “These rapidly increasing unlawful ‘Rehri’ bazaars in the markets are being set up by the pushcart vendors without the permission of any authority, and further they are not being checked by the security personnel for the security point of view, especially ahead of Eid when a large number of citizens visit the markets for shopping,” said the traders of different markets.It was witnessed during the survey that uncountable stalls, set up by the shopkeepers in front of their shops, as well as illegal “Rehri” bazaars on roadsides in almost all the main shopping areas and in the major markets of the city have not only made the corridors of bazaars narrow but also have resulted in frequent traffic jams. Most of the encroached stalls and “Rehri” bazaars are being set up on behalf of the shopkeepers by violating the orders of the authorities concerned.Moreover, the pushcart vendors are taking advantage of the relaxation, given by the authorities concerned of the CDG, ahead of Eid, which has relaxed them despite knowing that they are creating problems for the visitors. The shoppers have also thronged the bazaars, markets, and shopping malls for Eid shopping which is also resulting in parking problems and long queues of the vehicles are being witnessed at the major markets of the city, particularly Tench Bhatta, Lalkurti, Moti Bazaar, Chota Bazaar, Saddar Bazaar, Bank Road, Raja Bazaar, and other commercial areas.The officials of the district administrations are also performing their duties efficiently and are trying their best to handle all the matters of the markets, by using their best capabilities, including the control of traffic problems, they added.

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