Parking lots shortage in Blue Area aggravates traffic woes
ISLAMABAD – Shortage of parking space in Blue Area is not only aggravating traffic problems but also increasing car-lifting incidents in the capital.There are a lot of food outlets which remained busy throughout the week, especially on weekends. Families and groups of youngsters, who visit these places, face parking problems. “It takes a lot of time to roam around and find a place for parking,” a motorist Salman Ahmed told APP. Ahsan Ali, another visitor said that due to rush of vehicles it takes much time to find parking space near the shops. “Concerned authorities should take notice of this issue, which is worsening day by day due to increasing number of the vehicles,” he added.Naeem Hussain, working in a private firm at Blue Area, said, “Thousands of people are working in the offices in multi-storey plazas of Blue Area but lack of parking space in the area is annoying the workers.”When contacted to CDA, spokesman said that the authority is well aware of the parking issue and is striving to execute projects to resolve it. He further said the CDA had also been urging traders to assist the authority in this regard, as owing to the financial constraints, it had been difficult for the CDA to execute the project from its own resources. The spokesman said the civic agency is taking all possible measures to provide maximum spaces for parking lots to the citizens. Online adds: Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Younas of Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench has issued a stay order against the demolition of petrol pump, a hurdle in the construction of Pirwadhai More Underpass and Flyover.The court also ordered National Highway Authority (NHA) and Punjab highway Department to submit a report and comments regarding the issue. The NHA had cancelled the lease of the petrol pump on the demand of Punjab Highway Department. Asmat Khan and Nadir Khan field a petition in the court and claimed that NHA gave them a deadline of 15 days, while according to the law regarding lease, 90 days notice was necessary. They also claimed that they should be provided an alternative place for petrol pump.In response, the court ordered the highway authorities to submit their comments in 90 days and barred them from removing the petrol pump till next hearing.