With all of the prime parking already claimed by vehicles ready to be offered, the general public faces a tricky alternative: both park illegally or drive round in circles till somebody vacates a spot.
The federal capital’s twin, Rawalpindi, presents its residents a each day wrestle to search out parking together with choked site visitors and a din of automobile horns. Fridays and Sundays are the worst as they’re the designated days for the ‘automobile bazaar’, as per a couple of who inhabit the town. For instance, an space of roughly 1.5 km from Chandni Chowk to Faizabad witnesses the spectacle of jammed site visitors on these two days.
Uninterested in witnessing this each week, Muhammad Sultan, a resident of the world, determined to maneuver. “I’ve lived right here almost all my life and there’s no likelihood of leaving the home on Fridays and Sundays,” he stated. Sultan knowledgeable that anybody may arrange store on no matter a part of the street they needed and look ahead to the heavy inflow of shoppers trying to buy a car. “Transferring to the Harley Road space away from that cacophony of vehicles and clients introduced me and my household a lot peace,” he added.
It isn’t simply the residents who’re uninterested in the weekly automobile bazaar, different merchants who make their dwelling within the space are fed up too. Idrees Ahmed and Asghar Sohail, who each personal retailers right here, whereas speaking to The Categorical Tribune stated that doing enterprise on Friday and Sunday was subsequent to not possible.
“Not solely do they park vehicles on the service street from Chandni Chowk to Double Highway, however in addition they occupy all of the sidewalks meant for pedestrians as effectively,” they lamented. The for-sale vehicles each by sellers and personal homeowners are a giant blow to their companies as they deter consumers from visiting.
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The hospitals that fall on this car-selling route are unlucky victims as effectively. Sartaj Abbasi and Haider Ali, drivers of an ambulance for the Benazir Bhutto Normal Hospital for the final 15 years, knowledgeable that this weekly automobile market is a big inconvenience in emergencies. “Ambulances get caught on this specific space on Sundays and Fridays and irrespective of how loud our emergency horn is the folks keep on with out paying a lot heed to make approach for us,” they stated.
Even on days when the purchase and promote car-meet doesn’t occur, showroom homeowners park their automobile stock on sidewalks and occupy parking spots meant for the general public. A visibly pissed off Sharif Qureshi, resident of Sadiqabad, whereas speaking to The Categorical Tribune stated, “nobody can remedy this downside, we the residents are uninterested in petitioning the site visitors police administration even when motion is taken towards somebody, they’re parked in the identical spot subsequent day.”
Raja Amir, chairman of the Showroom Automobile Sellers Affiliation, denied that the parking and site visitors troubles have been all the way down to them. He stated, “We have now been doing enterprise right here for many years and autos are restricted to Service Highway. These allegations of parking anyplace on the street are baseless. Showroom homeowners don’t try this, the residents who come to see the autos do.” Amir urged the police ought to superb these automobile consumers closely to discourage them from parking anyplace because the showroom sellers couldn’t ask potential clients to park elsewhere.
Showroom Union leaders Malik Pervez and Javed Malik, whereas speaking with Categorical Tribune stated It was not their fault that the inhabitants had grown, and roads had turn into narrower because of encroachments. “The perfect answer is to designate one or two kanals of land to showroom sellers in one other a part of the town to limit their client base to that space,” they proposed.
The Rawalpindi Site visitors Police confirmed that this was a persistent downside and so they needed to deploy further wardens to superb folks. Equally, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Municipal Company, talking on situation of anonymity, stated operations have been being carried out on Murree Highway showroom areas to take away sidewalk encroachments. “Nonetheless, it isn’t our accountability to finish showrooms,” he stated.
Printed in The Categorical Tribune, September 9th, 2021.