Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry seeks Chief Minister’s help for alteration in Metro Expansion Master Plan

Lahore, December 19, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday sought Chief Minister’s help for alteration in Metro Expansion Master Plan as the relocation of General Bus Stand would deprive millions of workers of major City Markets of their jobs besides causing closure of thousands of businesses.

The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari made the appeal while talking to a large delegation of Badami Bagh Auto Market. The LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar and Executive Committee Member Talha Tayyab Butt were also present on the occasion. The Auto Market delegation was lead by President Anjuman-e-Tajiran Badami Bagh Auto Market Waqar Ahmad Mian.

The LCCI President said that the business community highly appreciates Punjab government for putting in untiring efforts to develop infrastructure in the province and bringing it at par with International cities in developed World but at the same time wants of the government to address the genuine concerns of the businesses falling prey to this development.

Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the infrastructure development is meant to expedite economic activities and if it goes the other way, the government is duty bound to consult the stakeholders for the sake of making it beneficial to business community.

The LCCI President apprehended that the proposed Metro Expansion Plan and resultant relocation of General Bus Stand would badly hit businesses of almost ten major City markets including Badami Bagh Auto Market, Shoe Market, Azam Cloth Market, Shah Alam Market and Akbari Mandi.

Engineer Sohail Lashari hoped that the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif would issue necessary directions to the concerned department to share Metro Expansion plan with the stakeholders for the removal of their apprehensions that are having sleepless nights as the department responsible for the project had already started marking for initiating demolition of shops coming the way of the project.

Eralier, the delegation informed the LCCI President that the proposed expansion and relocation of General Bus Stand would hit hard the government reputation as it would deprive millions of people of their jobs. They said that there are around 7000 shops in Badami Bagh Auto Market and 20,000 shops in Shah Alam Market and Akberi Mandi and if one shop owner employs five people minimum, the total number of workers and businessmen in these major markets could easily be calculated.

Some of the members of the delegation were of the view that the relocation of General Bus Stand was a conspiracy against the business friendly government that was doing its best to promote trade and economic activities in the province.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat,
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854

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