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Land allocated for parking in Commercial Market.

RAWALPINDI -- The Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has allocated two kanals near Commercial Market for parking by visitors to the commercial hub of the area.

'We will also utilise a piece of land adjacent to the main public park in Commercial Market for parking as the local shopkeepers have demanded allocation of a space for this purpose,' said Chief Municipal Officer Khalid Javed Goraya.

This would create two parking spaces for the visitors to the market.

'Motorcycles and cars are mostly parked on main roads reducing space for the movement of traffic.'

The official said an anti-encroachment drive was launched in Commercial Market on Friday evening after talks were held with the local traders and Mayor Sardar Naseem.

The shopkeepers had been asked to vacate all footpaths and roadsides voluntarily otherwise goods displayed there would be confiscated.

He said the RMC did not return goods confiscated during a similar drive in Raja Bazaar and auctioned them for Rs4 million.

He said vendors were also asked to vacate roadsides and footpaths otherwise their carts would be confiscated.

He said during a visit to the market, the RMC enforcement cell observed that shopkeepers, restaurant owners, private offices and banks had also installed electricity generators on footpaths.

'We have issued notices to them to remove the generators from footpaths within a month otherwise the generators would be confiscated. It is strange that instead of installing the generators within their premises they have put them on footpaths and roadsides.'

He said Raja Bazaar and College Road shopkeepers had also been asked to install generators within their premises or on the rooftops of buildings within 15 days.

More than 100 shopkeepers and banks have been asked to remove their generators from Raja Bazaar, College Road and Commercial Market.

He said the generators also polluted the environment and owners of the shops had been asked to adopt safety measures.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 6, 2018
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