ISLAMABAD - Aabpara and Melody markets are facing problems due to growing encroachments, poor sewerage, and lack of parking facilities.
Talking to this agency, a number of visitors criticised the authorities for not taking action against the shopkeepers who had encroached upon the corridors and footpaths. Waqar Wani, a visitor, said it had become a nuisance to shop at Melody and Aabpara markets. “I live in G-6 and it is convenient for me to shop at these markets but their condition is worsening, making it hard for me to continue shopping here.” He said the shopkeepers and vendors had not only encroached upon the pavements but also the corridors in front of shops, making it hard for people to move around and shop comfortably. “Shopkeepers allow encroachers to occupy space in front of their shops, as they get money in return,” he added.
Ammar Shah, another shopper, complained about bad sanitary conditions of the markets where sewage keeps on gushing out of drains.
“Each time I visit the market, I have to face a similar situation where pounds of stinky water obstruct the movement of visitors,” he said.
Car parking is another major problem being confronted by visitors, who have to wait for hours to get a space to park their vehicles. “It takes a lot of time to roam around and find a place for parking,” said a motorist, Saleem.
Citizens have asked the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to remove encroachments, and build parking areas around Aabpara and Melody markets.
The CDA officials were not available for comment despite repeated calls.