Sindh Government has decided to restore designated parking areas in and around big buildings and shopping malls. Following the restoration, which has the potential to impact thousands of shops within the province, these places will be open for public parking.
A meeting was held to review the traffic conjunction situation in the metropolitan city, Karachi. The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary of Sindh, Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah. Other prominent names at the meeting included Iftikhar Shalwani (Commissioner Karachi ), Amir Shakih (IG) and Javed Ali Mahar (DIG). Furthermore, other senior officials of police and city administration was also present at the meeting.
The meeting discussed the issue of illegal parking in the city and its impact on traffic flow. In a briefing given by Traffic Police, a claim was made regarding parking space being converted into shops.
Chief Secretary Sindh ordered to take necessary action against shops that are occupying the parking zones and reconstruct them for commercial purpose. He also ordered to activate the Parking Plaza located in Sadder area.
Furthermore, after detailed deliberations, the Chief Secretary issued order that the Deputy Commissioners of all six district of Karachi should examine and analyze the encroachment status, identify the parking spaces/ parking plazas, illegal parking one way roads, U-Turn position on roads and status of trafficsignals and sign boards on the roads in their jurisdiction.
Source in Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) told ProPakistan that in Karachi, converting parking areas into shops is a common norm. The source revealed that more than 500 commercial and resident building parking areas are being utilized differently.
If this decision is implemented by Chief Secretary then a number of people are at the risk of losing their livelihood as well.