KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday said that he has constructed important roads of the city and now it is the responsibility of shopkeepers and traders to keep their areas clean and save them from encroachments.
The chief minister while speaking to a delegation of Tariq Road Traders Welfare Association led by President Aslam Bhatti, said that he has reconstructed important roads such as Tariq Road, Saddar, University Road and others which are hub of business activities.
“I am sorry to say, I have personally witnessed that the traders throw away waste and filth of their shops on the roads, though dustbin are lying there,” he said and urged the association to stop them from making their newly constructed areas filthy.
The association members lauding the chief minister for constructing their roads said the construction work was in progress everywhere in the city. They assured the chief minister of their full support and cooperation in keeping their areas neat and clean.
CM Sindh also noted that most of the shopping plazas have their parking lots in their buildings but have converted them into warehouses.
He said this his unacceptable and urged the association to talk to their members and others to open their parking areas, otherwise he would have no option but to take action.
“I am going to issue directives to the new DIG traffic to open their parking areas and report me,” he said.
CM Sindh also directed DIG Traffic to revisit the areas where car showrooms are located and ensure no car is displayed on the road.
“We would support them in their business activities with peace of mind but would never allow anybody to encroach upon roads and cause problems in smooth flow of traffic,” he said.
He said that the work on road right from Fountain Chowk in Saddar, near Governor House to Zoological Garden and back would be started shortly.
“This would cause problems in flow of traffic and create others problems, therefore I need your (traders community and general public) support and cooperation,” he said.