Concern shown over delay in anti-encroachment drive


KARACHI: Karachi Traffic Police’s Deputy Inspector General Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh on Tuesday showed concern over delay in the campaign against illegal encroachments along service roads in Karachi, as joint team could not be formed yet in collaboration with KMC’s anti-encroachment.

Talking to PPI, Dr Amir said they had written an official letter to KMC and Karachi’s Commissioner a month ago and had requested them to issue orders to form a joint anti-encroachment team in collaboration with Karachi Traffic Police that could take stern action against illegal parking on service roads, motor workshops, auto shops and fruit vendors who had illegally occupied the footpaths, but no reply has been received so far from the relevant departments.

Dr Amir said they had recommended in the letter to initiate joint operation in collaboration with Karachi Traffic Police and KMC’s anti-encroachment cell with the help of Sindh Rangers and police to remove the illegal encroachments which are creating hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic in the city. The official letters were also sent to all concerned officials in this regard but they could not reply yet, he regretted.

Amir said he had already asked SSP Traffic Tahir to present a report on traffic congestion areas in the city and point out the most affected areas by the illegal encroachment that are creating troubles for commuters and pedestrians. He said service roads and footpaths were established to facilitate public as they can walk on them freely but these were occupied illegally.

He said these illegal encroachments are behind the 27 percent of pedestrians’ accidents in the city as they walk on middle of roads as footpaths had already been occupied.

He said there is dire need to carry out massive operation against these illegal encroachers as soon as possible.