Businessmen would be consulted about Metro Bus Expansion project: DCO


LAHORE: The Badami Bagh Bus Stand shifting Project is still at the nascent stage and as soon as it comes out of the planning phase the business community would be taken on board. This was stated by the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Dr Ahmad Javaid Qazi while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday.

The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari highlighted the issues being faced by various City markets and Industrial Areas. LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah, Vice President Kashif Anwar, former Presidents Mian Anjum Nisar, Muhammad Ali Mian, former Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, former Vice President Saeeda Nazar, Chairman LCCI Committee on Internal Trade and Market Associations Waqar Ahmad Mian and representative of different trade and industry Associations also spoke on the occasion.

The DCO said that the government was trying to resolve the issues at grass-root level to facilitate the business community and would not take any decision without completion of due consultation process. He said that the business community would be consulted on all issues either it is matter of shifting of any wholesale market or Metro Bus Expansion Project.

On the issue of Liberty Market, the DCO said that he would soon be meeting the representatives of the Market and their problems including the issue of the traffic mess would be resolved without any further delay.

When the DCO attention was drawn towards non-payment of compensation to the affectees of the Lytton Road Auto Centre, Dr Ahmad Javaid Qazi promised to take up the issue with the concerned authorities to ensure compensation to the affected businessmen. Expressing a complete solidarity with the affectees of Metro Expansion Plan, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has sought Punjab government’s intervention for alteration to the plan that going to cause closure of a large number of businesses besides rendering thousands of workers jobless.

The LCCI President said that the shifting of Badami Bagh Bus Stand to Gajjumatta and proposed demolition of shops from Azadi Chowk to Masti Gate would badly hit a large number of businesses in Badami Bagh Auto Market, Azam Cloth Market, Iron Market, Shoe Market (Moti Bazar), Akbari Market, Bilal Gunj Market. He said that it was very unfortunate that the businessmen and residents of Badami Bagh area were not aware of that plan and did not
know where they were being shifted. The LCCI President said that as an alternate plan, Circular Garden could be considered for Metro Expansion Project. Another option is flyover as the area businessmen had requested several times to government for construction of parking plazas in order to address the problem of heavy traffic but due to shortage of funds nothing could be
done.

The rise in street crimes is another area that requires government attention. Once some extra measures are taken to control it, we start seeing good results but as soon as focus of administration is shifted to some other things, the situation gets back to the same. We strongly
urge for making some steady arrangements for a lasting solution.

There has been a mushroom growth of encroachments on each and every road of the city, which is creating problems for the commuters and the business community. It is suggested that an aggressive cleanup operation should be initiated and sustained without any exception.

A number of encroachments have taken place in city like in Shah Alam Chowk, which are creating problems for the smooth flow of traffic. Some main roads leading to main markets of Lahore are in a bad shape as these are mostly used by carts and heavy vehicles, which cause
damage to the roads. It is proposed that these roads may be repaired on emergent basis.

LCCI Executive Committee Members Mian Zahid Javed, Mudassar Masood Ch., Nasir Hameed, Khalid Rizwan, Talha Tayyab Butt, Muhammad Haroon Arora, Khawaja Khawar Rasheed, Raja Hamid Riaz and Jabbar Khalid were also present on the occasion.

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