ISLAMABAD (APP) Aabpara and Melody markets are facing countless problems due to rising encroachments, poor sewerage system and lack of parking facilities. These markets are oldest and busiest business centres in the city, but their problems are increasing day-by-day turning them into ugly looking places with immense difficulties for shoppers and traders. The encroached pavement has made it hard for visitors to walk through the corridors of these markets while the dangling wires pose severe threat to life and property of traders and shoppers.The civic authorities have turned a blind eye to the plight of these markets situated in the heart of the capital. Talking to this news agency, a number of visitors criticized the concerned authorities for not taking any action against the shopkeepers, who have encroached upon the corridors and footpaths. Naveed Abbasi, a visitor, said it had become a nuisance to shop at Melody and Aabpara markets. Being a resident of Sector G-6, it is convenient for me to shop from both these markets but their condition is worsening day-by-day, making it hard for me to continue shopping from these places. He said the shopkeepers and vendors had not only encroached upon the pavements but also the corridors in front of the shops, making it hard for people to move around and shop comfortably.It is actually the shopkeepers who allow the encroachers to occupy space in front of their shops, as they get money in return, he added. Mian Sarfraz, another shopper, complained about bad sanitary conditions of the markets where sewerage water keeps on gushing out of drains and staining the clothes of the visitors. 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, adding, the condition of the market was worsening, making it almost impossible for the visitors to breath amid stinking smell. Car parking is another major problem being confronted by the visitors, who have to wait for longer periods 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 demanded CDA to remove encroachments, and built a new car parking areas around Aabpara and Meoldy markets as it is the dire need of the capital citizens.