Encroachments around hospitals reappear in city

KARACHI: Encroachments have again reappeared around the major public hospitals of Karachi, causing immense problems for visiting patients, ambulance cars carrying injured people, and medical staff, while Anti-Encroachment Cell of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has failed to remove these encroachments on permanent basis.

Encroachment around major hospitals including Civil Hospital Karachi, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Sindh Institute of Skin Diseases and Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) have reappeared and KMC’s Anti-Encroachment Cell looks the other way.

Though, in past this Cell had launched several drives against encroachers and also removed encroachments but after a lull of a few days they resurface exactly at the same spots.

An official of Civil Hospital Karachi told PPI that the Hospital Road, where Civil Hospital emergency ward is located also linking MA Jinnah Road to Baba-i-Urdu Road, goes clogged due to mushroom encroachments and it has made it difficult for patients and their attendants to pass through this street.

He said streets leading towards MA Jinnah Road to Civil Hospital and SIUT have been encroached by stall owners, vendors, fruit sellers and illegal parking mafia once again due to the carelessness of KMC.

Lingering road blocks and traffic jams have become a nightmare for ambulance drivers carrying people with emergency medical intervention as they cannot reach the hospitals easily. These drivers also faced great problems due to chronically blocked road from Jamia Cloth Market to the CHK gate due to illegal parking of vehicles and establishment of roadside stalls.

On the other hand, mushroom encroachments and illegal motorcycle parking outside the Sindh Institute of Skin Diseases (SISD) Karachi, do not only cause grave inconvenience for visiting patients and attendants but also for the doctors and hospital staff.

Some encroacher have even established illegal bike parking site in front of the Skin Hospital’s main gate in busy Regal, Saddar, area.

However, well-placed sources at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital told PPI that some private rescue organizations have also set up their ambulance counters outside the main gate of hospital, causing inconvenience to the patients and ambulances carrying injured people. The administrations of these hospitals and KMC high-ups; however, have yet to take some bold steps to free these crucial roads and streets from the encroachers.