Lack of parking lots creates nuisance for commuters

ISLAMABAD  – Lack of proper parking facilities in most of the markets and shopping centres of the Federal Capital is creating nuisance for the commuters and the situation is worsening day by day with increasing number of vehicles.

The oldest and busiest business centres including Aabpara, Melody markets and Blue Area are worst hit which remain packed with vehicles throughout the day till late at night.

Encroachments, improper sewerage system and lack of parking plazas have turned these areas into ugly places with immense difficulties for shoppers and traders.An official working in a private firm, Hammad Hussain, said, “Thousands of people are working in the offices in multi-storey plazas of Blue Area but lack of parking space annoys them.”

There are a lot of food outlets which remained busy throughout the week, especially on weekends. Families and groups of youngsters, who visit these places, face difficulties. Car parking is a major problem being confronted by the visitors.

It takes them sufficient time to get a space to park their vehicles. “It takes a lot of time to roam around and find a place for parking,” a motorist Salman Ahmed said. When contacted, a Capital Development Authority (CDA) official told APP that the Authority was planning to establish multi-purpose parking plazas on public private partnership basis in the busy shopping centres and all the major markets of the city to provide a separate parking facility for the traders as well as visitors.

On the directions of Chairman Prime Minister Task Force on Islamabad, Fasial Sakhi Butt, the Authority is working on a plan to provide sustainable solution to the problems of the residents and traders of the city.