Karachi: Karachi traffic police is planning a big anti-encroachment operation in the city to end frequent traffic jams. In this connection DIG Traffic Arif Hanif called on Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui and discussed with him different aspects of the proposed operation. During the meeting the issues of illegal encroachments on roads and footpaths, setting up of illegal godowns in car parking spaces of market and apartment buildings, use of substandard gas cylinders in public transport and school buses were discussed threadbare.
Illegal encroachments of roads and footpaths is a chronic issue of Karachi and in many areas of the city including Saddar, Empress Market, Regal, New M A Jinnah Road and Liaquatabad more than 50percent of road and footpath space is occupied by shopkeepers, vendors and car showroom owners. The traffic police in the city have not only failed to remove road encroachments but also did not take any steps to stop wrong flow of traffic on major road junctions and crossings which often result in accident.
The commissioner Karachi assured DIG traffic that all related government departments would cooperate with the traffic police to ensure smooth traffic flow in the city and end agonizing traffic jams.