Encroachments irk shoppers at Aabpara and Melody

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ISLAMABAD: Shoppers who visit the Aabpara and Melody markets are facing problems due to encroachments and poor sewerage systems.
These markets are the oldest and busiest business centres of the city but encroached pavements have made it difficult for visitors to walk through these markets. The authorities concerned are yet to take an action on this matter.

Talking to APP, a number of visitors criticised the authorities concerned for not taking proper action against the shopkeepers, who had established the encroachments.

Azmat Malik, a visitor, said that it had become a nuisance to shop at Melody and Aabpara markets.

“I live in Sector G6 and it is convenient for me to shop at these markets but their condition is worsening, making it hard for me to continue shopping here,” added Azmat Malik. He alleged that the shopkeepers and vendors had not only encroached pavements but also corridors in front of the shops, making it hard for people to move around and shop comfortably.

“Shopkeepers allow encroachers to occupy space in front of their shops, in return for a fee,” he claimed.

Naeem Asghar, another shopper, complained about bad sanitary conditions in the markets and said, “Sewage keeps on gushing out of drains.”

“Each time I visit the market, I have to face a similar situation, where pounds of stinky water obstruct the movement of visitors,” he also said.

Citizens urged the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and other authorities concerned to remove the encroachments in these markets.

CDA officials were not available for comment despite repeated calls.


Courtesy: Daily Times

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