KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the municipal administrators of the city’s five districts to explain utilization of the city’s footpaths for commercial purposes.
A division bench, headed by Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi, was hearing a petition filed by an NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s secretary general Rana Faizul Hasan, who moved the court against encroachments on footpaths and roads of the city.
The petitioner had submitted that the footpaths around markets in the city had been encroached by shop owners, roadside vendors, operators of illegal parking and inter-city bus terminals with the connivance of civic authorities and the traffic police.
He said areas such as Regal Chowk, Akbar Road, M.A. Jinnah Road, Shahrah-i-Liaquat, Pakistan Chowk, Ranchhore Line, Abdullah Haroon Road, Zaibunnisa Road, New M.A. Jinnah Road, Nishtar Road, Super Market Liaquatabad, Al Asif Square, Landhi and Qauidabad where footpaths and pavements were encroached upon.
During hearing on Tuesday, the municipal administrators of the city’s five districts showed up before court along with their counsels and sought some time for filing comments. While granting their request, the bench gave them two weeks time to submit comments while adjourning the hearing to a date to be fixed by court office after two weeks.
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