Rawalpindi - The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench yesterday issued notices to district administration and managers of civic bodies in response to a petition filed by a lawyer against encroachments and blockades in different parts of the city.

Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi issued notices and directed District Coordination Officer (DCO), Director General (DG) Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), executive officers of Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonment boards and administrators of Rawal and Potohar Towns to appear in person before the court to submit their replies on December 12, 2015.

The writ petition was filed by Anwaar Dar Advocate against the encroachments and blockades in various parts of the city.

Anwaar Dar Advocate, while talking to The Nation, said that LHC asked the government functionaries to be present in the court on next date of hearing after he provided photographs of different roads and markets filled with encroachments and hurdles. He said that Justice Lodhi expressed his displeasure over rampant encroachments and inefficiency of the concerned departments.

Citing heads of district administration and cantonment areas as respondents, the petitioner has urged the court to issue orders for removal of encroachments and cleanliness of over 100 nullahs in the district.

The petitioner has argued before that court that the district administration and the cantonment authorities have badly failed to remove encroachments from major roads of the city. He said that law-enforcement agencies have also closed many roads by erecting barricades due to security concerns.

He said that he and other residents of Rawalpindi have to suffer mental and physical disturbance owning to the encroachments and blockades. He claimed that there was a strong perception that the encroachers have occupied different roads and markets in connivance with the concerned authorities.

He said that encroachments have led to massive traffic jams adding to woes of the commuters.

“The areas like Tench Bhatta and Dehri Hassanabad in cantonment areas, and Raja Bazaar and Commercial Market in the city are prime examples of worst encroachments” he said.

The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the concerned authorities to remove the encroachments and make the roads and streets clean for the commuters.