KARACHI: A delegation of Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD) on Wednesday met Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif to discuss the matter of ban on gas connections.
While meeting the delegation, Hamza Shahbaz assured the delegation that he will play an active role in doing away the ban on gas connections for housing schemes and high rise buildings. In the meeting, ABAD Chairman Hanif Gohar and Vice Chairman Mohammad Arif Jeewa were present.
Hamza Shahbaz said that the construction industry is the second largest after agriculture in the country and millions of people are connected to it for their livelihood. He said that eradication of unemployment and to strengthen the economy is the top most agenda of the PML-N.
He assured the delegation that he would raise the issue of ban on gas connection on housing schemes in the National Assembly. He suggested the ABAD members that they would remain in touch in Islamabad to discuss their problems.
On this occasion, ABAD chairman Mohammad Hanif Gohar informed that due to restriction on gas connection, 25000 residential units could not be allotted to the public.
He said that if hurdles on the way to progress for construction industry are not removed, then they fear that it would incur irreparable loss to the national economy because dozens of allied industries are totally dependent on the proper and smooth functioning of the construction industry.
He informed Hamza Shahbaz that ban on gas was enforced for two years, but despite lapse of four years, it is still intact, deprived thousands of people of residential facilities.
ABAD’s senior vice chairman Arif Jeewa said that construction industry is responsible to keep moving the wheels of seventy allied industries in the country which are totally dependent on the progress and smooth functioning of the construction industry.