islamabad - The mushroom growth of encroachments, illegal stalls and cleanliness issues are causing great nuisance for the citizens and painting ugly picture of the federal capital.

The commuters and public transporters feel hindrance due to illegal stalls and encroachments from Aabpara to Bari Imam bus stop which is a great nuisance for them. The residents of the area complained that the CDA is not paying attention towards cleanliness issues as they have been facing acute difficulties due to illegal stalls. They demanded the civic body and local administration to take strict action against the encroachers.

Residents of G-6 sector have called for taking urgent and practical steps to ensure sanitation and cleanliness of the locality. They said that heaps of garbage Aabpara market water filtration plants were causing certain diseases and environmental pollution. The unhygienic conditions are also affecting children who play at open places.

Muneeb Shah, a commuter said that the encroachments are causing inconvenience to the people as the footpaths were occupied by the stall holders. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) enjoys its sweet sleep and pays no heed towards the issue, he said.

Another resident of the area Malik Saad Awan which said that cleanliness situation at Aabpara does not corresponds with the standards of a modern capital like Islamabad. He said that cleanliness in the market is not up to the mark and a lot of improvement is required. He demanded CDA for placing more dust bins in the market.

Naveed Hussain, a worker at a local guesthouse said that the encroachments cause inconvenience to the people but the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is not serious to solve this issue. He said that removal of the encroachments and cleanliness in the Aabpara Market should be ensured to revive the original beauty of the city.

“A comprehensive cleanliness strategy in this regard should be evolved in consultation with the traders community”, said Mukhtar Hussain Reta, a hotel owner.

An elderly man Farukh Azeem said that Aabpara is the oldest market of the federal capital and its original beauty should be revived by removing the encroachments and keeping it in tidy condition. He said that CDA should launch across the board action against encroachers in the markets and other areas of the city.

When contacted, a senior official in municipal formation of the civic body said, “It is our collective responsibility to keep our houses, streets and sectors clean. This would enable us to transfer this asset of clean Islamabad to the next generation.” He said that the haphazardly throwing of litter and waste by the residents is posing serious health problems as well as promoting unhygienic conditions. This also causes pollution and sanitation issues, which add to the many of the other environmental problems, he added.