RAWALPINDI: In a bid to tackle the issue of makeshift and permanent encroachments, illegal parking spots, stalls, and carts in 17 big markets and commercial centers in the garrison city, authorities have approved a grand anti-encroachment drive.
The operation received final approval on Thursday in a special meeting presided over by Additional Deputy Commissioner Nausheen Sardar, which saw the participation of business organizations, municipal corporation officers, and District Officer of Civil Defence, Talib Hussain.
As per the details, the anti-encroachment drive will begin on Friday (today), starting from Committee Chowk, and will continue for two weeks from 11 am to 5 pm.
An eight-member committee has been established for the operation, with Deputy Commissioner Hassan Waqar Cheema directly supervising the anti-encroachment operations.
The committee comprises two business representatives, district officer industries, two representatives of the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation, and two traffic police officers, with RMC Chief Officer Mian Imran acting as its focal person.
Additionally, 10 uniformed personnel of the police station concerned and the civil defense department will provide support to the committee.
The teams will remove all types of encroachments from both sides of Committee Chowk to Iqbal Road and Fawara Chowk during the drive. Wheel carts will be seized, and illegally parked vehicles and motorcycles will also be impounded at the police stations.
While central trade organizations have supported the operation, all the small markets have come out in opposition.
The anti-encroachment drive will be carried out in major crowded commercial centers, including Iqbal Road, DAV College Road, Raja Bazar, Fawara Chowk, Liaquat Road, Bohar Bazar, Mochi Bazar, Dingi Khui, Jamia Masjid Road, Kohati Bazar, Bani Chowk, Hamilton Road, Nirankari Bazar, Ganjmandi, College Road, City Saddar Road, Kalan Bazar, Bara Bazar, commercial market, and in its vicinity.
Red notices have been issued to all the shopkeepers, wheel cart hawkers, and encroachers of these markets, instructing them to end the encroachments and illegal parking immediately.
Furthermore, the Markazi Anjuman-e-Tijaran Central President, Sharjeel Mir, stated that the encroachments have destroyed the natural beauty of the markets and made it difficult for women, children, and ambulances to navigate the crowded areas.
In response, the Additional DC emphasized that there was no room for encroachment in the city and that traffic flow would be restored in every market.
The authorities are determined to eliminate encroachments and illegal parking during Ramazan, ensuring that they do not hinder the daily lives of the people.
Raja Bazar, Bara market and many other areas of Rawalpindi are under encroachment of patharas and carts and this all is being done with cooperation of Municipal corporation . Only general public is being suffering.
Very good step taken. Now it will be very easy to go there,thanks for eliminating such hurdles.
Only for few hours when authorities went back u will find same position. They need permanent solution
Very good step👍
لگتا تو نہیں ہے کہ ایسا ہو جائے گا ماضی کو دیکھتے ہوئے پاکستان میں جس نے ایک بار قبضہ کر لیا پھر اس سے چھڑانا انتہائی مشکل ہے
Good initiative but without strict followups such encroachments will appear again.
Very good step
Bhai Ramzan ki Amad hai isi Liye ho rha Ramzan k end k Baad koi operation nhi krty
Excellent, detain Afghani’s and send them back also. They have made our market places filthy
The driving force and leadership behind is Honorable Commissioner Mr Mohammad Ali Chatta. Hatsoff to his courage and vision. As residents of Rawalpindi we are lucky to have Mr Chatta
Aray bhai satellitetown national mkt near chandni chowk starts from al khidmat razi hospital to purana pso pump the govt deprtments are totally blind sab illegal parking ho rahi illegal shops ka hajoom
the issue will remain unsolved unless and untill the shop owners and the market unions are held responsible for the encroachment. the shop owners are are paid for this and the municipality people also enjoy their chunk in the form of bhatta.
Govt should take permanent solutions of illegal encroachment Not Temporary.