CDA to take market unions on board for removal of encroachments

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Staff Reporter

A delegation comprising representatives of local markets led by Ajmal Baloch, President, Traders Action Committee, Islamabad called on Sheikh Anser Aziz, Chairman CDA/Mayor Islamabad and apprised him of their concerns about ongoing operations of CDA for removal of encroachments from various markets. Coordinator of Chairman CDA Mehtab Khan was also present at the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, Sheikh Anser Aziz, apologized for the losses caused to the traders due to CDA’s operations for removal of encroachments from various markets. He assured that CDA would take concerned market union on board before launching any future operations against encroachments. He said after identification of encroachments, CDA would give sufficient time to traders to remove the same. He said canopies put up in front of shops could not be treated as encroachment and would not be removed. He asked the traders to legalize the openings of basements. He said a committee would be formed to address the concerns of traders on trade license issue. He stressed upon the traders to cooperate with CDA in its efforts to streamline things in markets and appointed I-9 UC Chairman as focal person to address the problems of trading community.
He said Class-III shopping centres were developed to meet the needs of concerned sectors and CDA in future would not allow same business, office or restaurant in a complete plaza of Class-III shopping centre.
Markazi Amjuman-e-Tijaran Pakistan and Traders Action Committee President Ajmal Baloch said that traders had planned a strong protest against CDA operations but Chairman CDA after returning from Dubai has assured to resolve problems for which they were thankful to him. He said traders were cooperating with Enforcement Wing of CDA on encroachments issue, but they got irritated when CDA’s operations caused them huge business losses. He said CDA should avoid actions that may cause further business losses to the traders. He said canopies were installed to avoid sun heat and they should not be treated as encroachments. He said traders were ready to pay fee for regularization of openings of basements. He said traders have suspended the protest plan but if CDA took any improper action, it would entail strong reaction.