Pindi’s park­ing is­sue wors­ens as Eid shop­ping starts

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - Book bazaar MoU 03:45 01:30 05:30 09:15

A two-day weekly books bazaar would be started on Fri­day at premises of Pak­istan Acad­emy of Let­ters (PAL). The bazaar would be opened from 9 am to 7 pm. Books on var­i­ous sub­jects would be avail­able at the bazaar on dis­counted rates. **** Min­is­ter of State for Cap­i­tal Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Devel­op­ment Di­vi­sion, dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry will wit­ness the MoU sign­ing be­tween KEW (A Ger­man Fund) and Safe Blood Trans­fu­sion Pro­gramme on June 17, 2016 at 10:15 am Com­mit­tee Room 105, D Block, Pak Sec­re­tariat Islamabad. RAWALPINDI—The is­sue of park­ing places in busy mar­kets of Rawalpindi has wors­ened as num­ber of cit­i­zens com­ing for Eid shop­ping in­creases.

The shop­pers are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get space in the park­ing lots. In many con­gested ar­eas in­clud­ing Sad­der, China Mar­ket, Com­mer­cial Mar­ket,Tench Bazaar, ve­hi­cles can be seen parked on roads, dis­rupt­ing smooth move­ment of traf­fic.

A shop­per Shakir Zia in China Mar­ket said “It has be­come a se­ri­ous is­sue and is bound to get worse in fu­ture, The ab­sence of park­ing space in the mar­ket re­sults in long traf­fic jams, as peo­ple are forced to park their cars on the road­side.”

“There is no proper park­ing fa­cil­ity on Col­lege Road and shop­keep­ers re­serve the park­ing area in front of their shops which cre­ates even more trou­ble for shop­pers.” He added. It is per­ti­nent to men­tion here that ma­jor­ity of the plazas on busy com­mer­cial sec­tors have also out­sources their out­side space to some park­ing con­trac­tors, which is an il­le­gal act.

A Fe­male driver Am­nah said,”In sad­dar there are only few plazas that have their own park­ing ar­eas in the base­ment, they charge Rs 20 per hour and dou­ble the park­ing charges af­ter ev­ery hour. We had shop­ping and din­ner that took 3 hours so I had to pay Rs 60 for park­ing that is quit un­fair “

A traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer said,”The traf­fic depart­ment has out­lined a plan for eas­ing traf­fic snarls in many ar­eas of the city in the wake of Eid fes­ti­val. Di­ver­sions and re­stric­tions on var­i­ous Chowks and U-turns of the City have been made.

“We need cit­i­zens co­op­er­a­tion too,Drivers and mo­torist should use avail­able space care­fully. it can be done by more us­age of pub­lic trans­porta­tion than pri­vate trans­porta­tion.” He added.

There is an ur­gent need to im­prove pub­lic trans­port sys­tem be­sides work­ing on smart car park­ing tech­niques adopted by many de­vel­oped coun­tries.

Laws are also re­quired to be strictly im­ple­mented when the con­struc­tion is ini­ti­ated for com­mer­cial or even res­i­den­tial projects, where space for park­ing must be en­sured.—APP

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