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Encroachments on rise in capital ahead of Ramazan

ISLAMABAD: Encroachments are growing in several areas of the capital, especially ahead of the holy month of Ramazan, while the authorities concerned have failed to control the trend, which are further narrowing the roads.Encroachments in different areas have become one of the biggest problems not only for the motorists, but also for the residents of these areas. According to reports, the encroachments are already an issue in Markaz G9, Aabpara, Peshawar More, Melody Market, Markaz G10, and Markaz I10, but it has grown manifolds before the start of Ramazan. The footpaths in these markets are crowded with stalls of different snacks, dates, fruits, and other edibles. Customers who visit these markets have got no walking space. The need of the hour is to take action against the encroachers and bring an end to this illegal activity. Residents, while talking to the media personnel said that the encroachments are the main reason behind traffic jams, as the encroachers have occupied almost half of the road.Not only the motorists, but the pedestrians are also facing lots of problems because of the encroachments. Residents have asked the authorities concerned to play effective role to remove these encroachers from the roads for smooth flow of traffic. Aslam, a shopper, visiting the Abpara Market for shopping said that there is traffic mess all around, 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 have left no space for the pedestrians which have caused worst traffic jams. Meanwhile, the encroachments have become a common sight in important trade centres of the capital due to business stalls established prior to Ramazan and Eid festival.However, the CDA clarified that no shopkeeper would be allowed to encroach on footpath except those selling Ramazan and Eid-specific items. He said that soon after the Eid, the authority would initiate a comprehensive drive to purge the city's markets and residential areas of encroachments from those who have been blotting the face of this beautiful city. 

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