KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed SSP Traffic police to submit a progress report on removal of encroachments from the footpaths in the city within 15 days.A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saddat Khan gave this direction while hearing a petition filed by NGO, United Human Rights Commission, against the footpath encroachments.
The petitioner, Rana Faizul Hassan, NGOs general secretary submitted before the judges that Empress Market, an area of Saddar town, had been taken over by the shop owners, encroachers, roadside vendors, illegal parkers, and unlawful inter-city bus terminals due to the dereliction of duty by the traffic police.
He said that such illegal activities had caused serious traffic problems in the busy area of Saddar Town, which were taking heavy toll on pedestrians and commuters. The petitioner pointed out some other areas including Regal Intersection, Akbar Road, MA Jinnah Road, Shahra-e-Liaquat, Pakistan Chowk, Ranchore Lines, Abdullah Haroon Road, Zaibunnisa Road, New MA Jinnah Road, Nishtar Road, Patel Para, Super Market Liaquatabad, al Asif Square and Super Highway, where citizens face same problems.
He requested the court to order action against authorities concerned for not taking action against encroachers, illegal parkers and bus terminals.