ATTOCK - The National Highways Authority could not succeed to get the removal of encroachments along the national highways within the jurisdiction of District Attock from Hasanabdal to Attock Khurd due to the political influence of the land grabbers.

Earlier, NHA along with officers of NHMP and Tehsil Administration Hazro and Hasanabdal took serious cognizance of the encroachments within the purview of GT Road leading to Sanjwal Chowk, Faqeerabad, Hattian, Kamra Cantt, Shamsabad Chowk, Gondal Mandi and Attock Khurd. Notices were served to the illegal occupants warning that strict action will be taken against them under the law but to no avail. These encroachments on both sides of the GT Road are causing hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic. The inhabitants of these areas demanded the Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Communication to take notice of the issue.

An officer of NHMP (who wished for anonymity) told the reporter that a lot of encroachments were removed in Gondal, Kamra and Hasanabdal during anti-encroachment drives carried out a month ago with the assistance of NHA and administrations of Tehsil Hasanabdal and Tehsil Hazro.

However, this is NHA’s prime responsibility and they have all the resources and money they need which they are earning through toll plazas of Haro, Mula Mansoor and Qutbal but spending none on the improvement of roads.

None of the officers of NHA was available for comments.