KARACHI - City Mayor Wasim Akhtar has directed the officers concerned to remove all buses and vans parked under Liaquatabad Flyover and remove all encroachments, including shops and cabins, from there.

Supreme Court’s directives must be implemented fully, he said. The court had said that no commercial or non-commercial activity could be carried out under city’s flyovers and bridges.

All constructions and shops other than the original plan in Frere Market and Nazimabad Gol Market should be removed, the mayor told the officials. He said that improvement in city’s weather was a good omen, but precautionary measures taken in this regard would remain in place and hospitals would remain on high alert to provide instant medical aid to people affected by extreme weather conditions.

He stated this during a visit to Liaquatabad No.10, Nazimabad Gol Market and Frere Market on Burns Road on Thursday. Chairman of DMC Central Rehan Hashmi, Vice Chairman Syed Shakir Ali, Chairman of Estate Committee Nasir Taimuri, Director General for Works Iqtidar Ahmed, Director for Estate Tasnim Ahmed, Director for Anti-Encroachments Bashir Siddiqui, Director for Technical to Mayor SM Shakaib and other officers accompanied the mayor to various places on Thursday. The mayor, while visiting the Frere Market, said this market would be renovated and restored to its original condition, the condition it was in at the time of its construction in 1964. He met the shopkeepers of Frere Market and assured them that their problems would be solved. The city mayor said how is it possible for KMC to carry out maintenance of its markets with shop rents as low as Rs500 per month and that too at prime locations in Karachi. During his visit to Gol Market in Nazimabad, the mayor inspected different portions of the market and gave directions to officers. He said that garbage should not be dumped near this market. He directed the officers concerned to work out a plan for improvement in this market.  During his visit to a heatwave camp at Liaquatabad No.10, the mayor said though the weather had improved a bit, the city administration would have to be alert all the time. He again appealed to utility service providers like K-Electric and Water Board to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity and water to people to save them from any inconvenience or trouble during this holy month.