While the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad District Administration (ICT) are busy removing encroachments, the action against illegal car parking is still awaited. Residents of the federal capital are appreciative of administration’s action against encroachments however at the same time they have railed against special treatment with owners of illegal car parking lots. “Several sectors of the capital have been occupied by car showrooms. So much so, car showrooms have spread their tentacles to footpaths, making is impossible for pedestrians to walk,” a resident of the capital said. Sector-G 8 is perhaps the worst hit by such illegal activity. The residents living in the sector do not have a place to park their vehicles as all parking lots and roads are occupied by these showrooms. At the same time the administration is targeting all illegal constructions and encroachments. In this connection, CDA and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) carried out a joint operation to remove encroachments/constructions on the right of way of Grand Trunk Road from Sara-e-Kharbooza to Sangjani and demolished several buildings, plazas, markets and illegal constructions from the vicinity. A heavy contingent of police was deployed to avoid any unpleasant situation. An anti-riot unit of the ICT police was also deployed during the operation. Furthermore, heavy machinery of MPO Directorate and other formations of CDA were also utilised to demolish illegal constructions. During this operation, 42 illegally constructed shops, 26 rooms, two sheds, six gates, 13 boundary walls, five billboards, two hotels, nine wash rooms, two containers and two-storey offices constructed illegally on the state land were completely demolished and several kanals of state land was retrieved from illegal occupants. Published in Daily Times, December 10th 2018.