KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has summoned senior superintendent of police of South district in court to explain what action was taken to remove encroachments from district South’s thoroughfares and footpaths.
A division bench had taken up a petition filed by a civil rights activist, Ismail Shaheedi who moved the court against the local administration over their failure to remove illegal encroachments.
The petitioner submitted that shop owners, roadside vendors, and operators of illegal parking have encroached upon the footpaths and roads in collusion with local administration and the police.
He said Regal Chowk, Akbar Road, Swami Narain Street, Hassan Ali Effendi Road, Narain Voljee Street, Hassan Ali Lane, Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road, and Light House area were encroached upon. Due to these encroachments, the traffic jam has become routine in these areas but the civic authorities were reluctant to remove the encroachments, he added.
He said the shop owners were allowed to occupy the space in front of their shops by the authorities. He alleged that the shop owners pay extortion for their installations and extension.
The petitioner requested the court to direct authorities concerned to remove the encroachments from these areas.
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