LHC orders to remove encroachments, speed-breakers in Rawalpindi


Iqbal Malik


The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Friday ordered the local administration to remove encroachments, illegal establishments and unnecessary speed-breakers on the roads across the city.

LHC judge Justice Ibad ur Rehman Lodhi expressed resentment over excessive encroachments on city roads. He also gave the local administration a week’s time to take action against the encroachments and remove illegal establishments in Chaklala and Rawalpindi cantonments.

The court also ordered the local administration to take strict action against encroachments and ensure the smooth flow of traffic in Tench Bhatta, Chungi No.22, Dhoke Syedan, Dheri Hasan Abad, Commercial Market and Saddar city areas.

Advocate Muhammad Anwar said that unnecessary speed-breakers on the roads created a hurdle in the smooth flow of traffic. In response, the court directed the local administration to remove all unnecessary speed-breakers.

Justice Rehman said that Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Naseem and the cantonment officials had failed to perform their duties satisfactorily. He said that walking in different areas of Rawalpindi has become a challenge for the public.

Mayor Sardar Naseem said that the local administration had carried out a massive crackdown on encroachments under his supervision. Upon the court’s inquiry as to where the anti-encroachment had taken place, the mayor failed to identify any specific area in the city. The LHC said that the operations carried out by authorities against encroachments were limited to statements in newspapers.

Justice Rehman further said that the Municipal Corporation Rawalpindi and the district administration had failed to carry out their responsibilities.

The court directed the authorities to present their progress report regarding these issues on October 19.