Lahore Development Authority to declare major roads of Lahore as industrial corridors that would improve industrialization

Lahore, April 17, 2016 (PPI-OT):On the demand of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lahore Development Authority (LDA) will declare the major roads of Lahore as industrial corridors that would improve industrialization, would increase employment opportunities and to would reduce the undue interference of the government departments.

It was revealed by the LCCI Senior Vice President Almas Hyder after attending a high profile meeting of the Provincial Working Group on Ease of Doing Business here at Civil Secretariat. Secretary Excise and Taxation Dr. Ahmed Bilal, Director General Excise and Taxation Akram Ashraf Gondal, Secretary Planning and Development (P and D) Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, Director LDA Chaudhry Muhammad Akram and World Bank officials were present in the meeting.

Almas Hyder said that declaration of major roads as industrial corridors would be a big breakthrough in the sense of promotion of trade and economic activities in the province. He said that it was longstanding demand of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad and Vice President Nasir Saeed deserves appreciation for extending their full support to the idea.

The LCCI Senior Vice President also given a number of proposals that were prepared after due consultation with the stakeholders. He said that keeping in view the recent trend of growth in industrialization in and around Lahore division and possibility of further industrialization in future due to enhanced economic cooperation between Pakistan and China, the LCCI has formulated doable proposals.

He proposed that Lahore Development Authority should expand the industrial zoning of Lahore Division and declare 5000 meters land as industrial zone on both sides of the major roads as hundreds of large and small scale industries have already been established in and around Lahore Division. These industries get approvals and utility connections from different government departments including LESCO, WASA and SNGPL after completing all legal procedures.

The LDA should include new changes in Master Plan of Lahore Division 2015 through its notification for Lahore Raiwind Road, Manga Raiwind Road, Khana Katcha Road, Sundar Raiwind Road, Raiwind Laliani Road, Lahore Multan Road upto Pattoki, Lahore Ring Road, Bund Road Lahore, Lahore Kasur Road, Hudriya Drain Ferozeur Road, Rohi Nala Road, Rohi Nala Bypass, Ali Akbar Road, Bhogiwala Road, Lahore Sheikhupura – Faisalabad Road, Sheikhpura – Muridke Road, Sheikhupura Sharaqpur Road, Lahore Jaranwala Road, Nankana Road, Lahore Shaddra Road, G.T. Road upto Gujranwala, Kala Khattai Road, Kot Arein Jia Bagga Road, Allahbad Chunian Road, Sue E Asal Road upto Mir Mohammad via Khurpa Chak, Depalpur Road, Raiwind Kasur Road via Raja Jhang and Kattar Band Road.

Almas Hyder said that LDA should declare 5000 meter land as industrial zone on both sides of above mentioned roads and should not charge commercialization fee from the existing industrial units. He said that in order to accelerate the industrialization in Punjab and maximum facilitation for our potential investors, LCCI also submit following proposals to Lahore Development Authority and Industries and Commerce department, Government of the Punjab for consideration and implementation.

The LCCI Senior Vice President said that new Industrial Zones/Estates and clusters should be established away from the densely populated residential areas i.e. alongside motorway or major roads to accommodate for relocation of industry from Residential Areas. The area around the ring road Lahore can also be utilized for this purpose. These new Industrial Estates would not only cater for our future Industrial growth requirements but also help to control the establishment of industrial units in residential areas.

He said that the cost of land in the proposed Industrial Zones/Estates should be substantially less than the cost of land in the urban areas. He said that the proposed Industrial Zones/Estates should have better environmental conditions i.e. wastewater treatment, roads to deal with traffic congestion and other safety measures as outlined ahead in the industrial safety strategy.

Almas Hyder said that Phase-wise establishment of industrial parks of up to 500 acres in each district over a period of five years. At least five districts may be selected every year according to present and future needs for building industrial estates.

He said that Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Management Company (PIEDMC) should take steps to utilize the reasonably available space in the existing Export Processing Zone and Industrial estates i.e. Sundar Industrial Estate for relocation of hazardous industries. He said that new Industrial Estates may be established through public private partnership. Private sector land developers may be motivated to establish new industrial estates.

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: +92-42-111-222-499
Fax: +92-42-36368854
Website: www.lcci.org.pk