Lahore: Pakistan Industrial & Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has urged the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif to declare Katar Bund Industrial Area as Industrial Estate and direct the concerned authorities to solve the issues of this area including unannounced load shedding, deteriorating road network and sewerage on priority basis.
Chairman PIAF Malik Tahir Javed raised the demand after having a meeting with the delegation of Katarbund Road Industrial Association led by its Chairman Syed Mehmood Ghaznavi here at the PIAF office on Thursday.
Chairman PIAF said that it seemed that the Katar Bund Road industrial area does not belong to the Punjab government as despite being at a few kilometres away from Thokar Niaz Baig, it has completely broken roads and no sewerage system and lack of facilities that always discourage foreign and local buyers.
Malik Tahir Javed said that government should focus on improving the infrastructure and law and order situation in this industrial area where the incidents of dacoity and theft are order of the day.
He that the Katar Bund Industrial Area was established four decades ago and as many as 150- small and medium industrial units, were operating in this area today. He said that the industrial units in the estate include a renowned multinational pharmaceutical company, food industry with bread and milk processing plant and auto parts manufacturers. He said a transformer-manufacturing concern and a state-of-the-art plastic product unit were also operative in the area.
Earlier, Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi apprised the PIAF Chairman that there was no road network and pathways were uneven and bumpy, adding that dust spread all around whenever a vehicle plied on the roads. He said the sewerage system practically did not exist and polluted water could be seen accumulated around the industries.
He said the Katar Bund industries were depositing huge amount as revenue every year, adding that the industries needed no favor from the government but simply sought the facilities that were provided to other industrial areas.
He said the law and order situation in the Katar Bund Industrial Area was pathetic, adding that theft of transformers in industrial estates was not heard of but in the recent past two transformers from the industries were stolen.
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