Encroachment is a situation in real estate where a property owner violates the property rights of his neighbor by building on or extending a structure to the neighbor’s land or property. An illegal intrusion in a highway or navigable river, with or without obstruction. An encroachment upon a street or highway is a fixture, such as a wall or fence, which illegally intrudes into or invades the highway or encloses a portion of it, diminishing its width or area, but Without closing it to public travel. Easement or Encroachment. An easement is the right to use another’s land for a designated purpose, such as accessing a beach. A right of way is a form of easement granted by the property owner permitting another to legally cross his land.
Encroachment of footpaths, only serving shopkeepers, vendors, not people
In contrast, an encroachment is an unauthorized entry upon another’s land. Generally speaking, if you have been occupying lands that you do not own, rent or otherwise have permission to use in excess of 12 years (or in the case of Crown lands 30 years), without any objection from the registered owner, you can claim what is known as “adverse possession” t seems footpaths are not meant for people as these are used for special commercial purposes after being encroached upon by shopkeepers, fruits and vegetable burgers and other fast foods outlets. It may put people at risk besides creating problems for motorists. It also disrupts smooth traffic flow on the roads.
Additionally, roads of some markets of Rawalpindi are being used as ‘parking lots’ which leads the congestion on the roads. Faiz Naseem, a resident of 6th Roads locality of Rawalpindi, said that it has become difficult to walk with family in markets as shopkeepers put their articles and items on the footpaths. If anything rivals the chaos of traffic across the country, it is the endless line of encroachments and blockades on the same roads on which the vehicles ply. From large cities such as Karachi to smaller towns, often even rural settlements, everyone, it would appear, wants to appropriate some part of the street for themselves. Anti-encroachment drives have produced mixed results, and in many instances, the illegalities return as soon as the authorities’ attention is diverted. Now the traffic police in Lahore have launched a programme that tries to reimagine the way in which encroachments and illegal parking lots on the city’s roads can be dealt with.
Launched on July 31, the One Week, One Road initiative involves eight of the department’s better qualified wardens who have been chosen to form two squads to visit various areas in the city to select one road where encroachments are to be cleared, engage with traders and shopkeepers to brainstorm ideas on how deficiencies can be rectified, and prepare assessments of the roads in the context of the availability (or absence) of traffic signals, street lights, U-turns, etc. On Thursday, Lahore Chief Traffic Officer Rai Ijaz told the media that earlier the Mughalpura Link Road and Allama Iqbal Road — both extremely high-density thoroughfares — had been cleared of encroachments and illegal parking lots. Now, he said, Queen’s Road and Bund Road — where obstructions to the free flow of traffic are often of legendary proportions — are being focused on, and warning notices have been sent to 148 shopkeepers. In many areas the handcart bazaars have also been established. The encroacher have occupied both sides of roads due to which the citizens are facing problems and the encroachments creating difficulties in the smooth flow of over-loaded traffic in the area.
Chakri road which is nearly 120 feet wide but owing to encroachments is shrinking and about two kilometers areas near biscuit factory chowk are now a hub of vehicle repairing workshops, vegetable and fruit merchants, restaurants motor showrooms, building material godowns and center of other business activities. Similarly, Adiala Road, Dhamial road, Morgah, and Kota Kalan are congested areas and need the attention of authorities concerned. These localities are administratively under the control of TMA, Potohar Town but it seems that the authorities concerned are least interested to remove encroachment and have turned their blind eye towards the issue. Though a number of anti-encroachment drives were launched by the authorities concerned the situation never changed in the town as owing to the encroachments, not only the motorists but also pedestrians face troubles. The traffic remains blocked at main roads as the shopkeepers have encroached both sides of the road further narrowing it. The traffic mess on the road creates problems for the area residents and the motorists besides noise pollution.
Talking to APP, a visitor said that the authorities concerned should launch a comprehensive drive to remove encroachments from the area which should be followed by strict monitoring so that the road could not have encroached again. Faisal, a resident of Dhamial road said that the encroachers have occupied both sides of the road and left no space for car parking. He said the staffs of the concerned department only visit the area once in the morning to remove the encroachments but as soon as they leave the spot encroachers again set up their stalls there. “The authorities should come up with an effective strategy and concerned officials should pay surprise visits at different times in the day to remove the encroachments,” he said. Arif, another resident of the area, said that apart from traffic jams we are also suffering from noise pollution. “The higher authorities should take notice of the negligence of the concerned department,” he added. Goods displayed on the road, outside shops must be confiscated and the encroachers should be fined heavily as warnings and routine action of anti-encroachment personnel have totally failed to remove the encroachments.
The citizens urged the TMA authorities to take strict action against the shopkeepers, vendors and fruit and vegetable handcart owners that are creating hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic. Encroachments in different localities of the city have become a nuisance not only for motorists, as they create traffic jams, but also for the residents of these areas, but the concerned authorities are paying little attention towards the problem. One can observe traffic jams on the road just because of these encroachments.
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