KARACHI -  Commissioner Karachi Ijaz Ahmed Khan has expressed concern over increase in roadside encroachments in the city, and has directed the concerned officials to take strict action against what he called the ‘encroachment mafia’.

While chairing a meeting held here Thursday on the removal of encroachments from the city at his office, the commissioner said that increase in encroachments had badly affected traffic flow in the city, and was also giving it an ugly look. “Need of the hour is a continuous crackdown against the encroachers in the metropolis,” he noted.

The meeting was attended by senior police officials, representatives of anti-encroachment force, board of revenue, deputy commissioners and others.

Khan directed the concerned authorities to get tough with those leading the ‘encroachment mafia’. “Not only that they should be arrested, but also produced in courts, because they repeatedly challenge writ of the government,” he asserted.

Khan further directed that at least 20 personnel of Anti-Encroachment Force be placed under the control of deputy commissioners of all six districts of the city in order to ensure effective action against encroachers.

The commissioner also directed that all institutions, including KMC, DMCs, police, Anti-Encroachment Force and administration officers together evolve a strategy for removal of encroachments from the city.

He directed the deputy commissioners to use their powers for the elimination of illegal activities in their respective areas, and provide relief to the citizens He further directed the deputy commissioners to submit their weekly performance reports in Commissioner’s Office on encroachments.