English Press Releases 08.11.2022

FAISALABAD. Five focused groups would be constituted to resolve the immediate nature problems while first meeting is being held today to evolve comprehensive scientific and collaborative plan to tackle the long-term infrastructure and developmental issues of Faisalabad in consultation with Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), said Deputy Commissioner Faisalabad Mr. Imran Hamid Sheikh. Addressing the business community, he said that FCCI would be taken on-board to take ownership of the projects in addition to ensuring its continuity with sustained objectives. Mr. Imran Hamid Sheikh said that the focused groups include FIEDMC, Crisis Management Centre in Clock Tower, Education, Plantation and Parking. “These groups, with representation of business community, would identify specific issues with tangible solutions while concerned government departments would extend technical help to resolve the same”, he said and added that resource constraints would also be highlighted so that the business community could arrange it being its ultimate beneficiary.

He said that the downtown area handles businesses worth billions of rupees which is comparable to any international centre in business volume. He lamented that despite this important economic factor, there was no proper arrangement to deal with any emergency situation. He mentioned a fire incident in Montgomery Bazar that  claimed seven precious lives. He said that he hold a meeting in clock tower to analyze the situation and as a first step, a Crisis Management Centre (CMC) has been established where Civil Defence, 1122 and team from health department would remain available round the clock to give quick response to any emergency in this congested business and commercial area. He quoted an incident of suffocation in which two children died and said that on inquiry, it was reported that masks were available for the rescuers only. He said that we have decided to arrange masks for the people through the resources of Civil Defence. He said that the buildings in the downtown area were also critically examined in the pretext of emergency. “It revealed that almost all buildings lack mandatory equipment and gadgets to control fire and electric hazards coupled with any emergency exit plan”, he said and added that it prompted us to formulate an exit plan with sensitization of people to adopt safety measures abruptly in order to avoid loss of lives or property. “All high rise buildings must have a dedicated electric room with fire extinguisher and circuit breakers etc.”, he said and appreciated the cooperation of FESCO in this regard. He said that the Deputy Commissioner office would notify these measures and copies  of these letters would also be shared with the FCCI to keep the business community well informed about the steps taken for the safety and security of business people. 

About parking issues, he said that a 14-storey parking plaza outside chiniot bazar is pending but its ground floor with roof has been completed. He said that the available space could be used to park at least 1800 motorcycles. “I have directed to add ramps so that it could be utilized for temporary parking”, he said and added that Divisional Commissioner Shahid Niaz would be requested to inaugurate this parking facility and clock tower CMC. He said that a working group on the environment has also been created to efficiently deal with this ticklish problem. “Its staff would consult a joint committee of chamber and EPD before taking any action”, he said that in the first phase the environment inspector would only issue warning and punitive action would be taken only on repeated violations. “Notification of this Working Group (WG) has been issued”, he said and requested the President FCCI to nominate its representative for this WG. He made it clear that all government departments are here to facilitate the businesses, trade & Industry and its growth would automatically give a quick start to the economy.

Commenting on FIEDMC, Imran Hamid Sheikh said that its issues were very horrifying and sale of plots was stuck up due to land acquisition problems. He said that we have identified issues and evolved a strategy to dedicate a compact plot equal to the scattered state land of water courses etc. He said that there was no policy at the Punjab level however he managed to include this clause on the pattern of housing colonies.

Commenting on the issues of brick kilns, he said its workers must get the social security cards. Similarly, the factories that are paying the contribution of its workers are also entitled to get social security cards. “I am taking personal interest so that maximum facilities could be doled out to the workers”, he said and added that non-formal schools have also been started which could provide education to the children of brick kiln workers at their door steps. Commenting on WASA, the Deputy Commissioner said that many water filtration plants have been installed in the city but their plotting was missing in the DC office. “I have directed the food authority to test water during the first week of every month and display the next day of testing for the convenience of its beneficiaries”, he said and added that the anti beggary campaign and shifting of passengers to shelter homes is also a continuous process. “A program has been chalked out for the repair and maintenance of roads and checking of schools”, he said and added that its schedule is publicized so that interested individuals could contact the concerned officials and communicate their reservations and suggestions to the concerned officials. “Additional Deputy Commissioner General (ADCG) has been spared for regular field visits to bring a qualitative improvement in it”, he said and added that he always communicates to the concerned departments before his visit which brings a positive improvement in the issues. He appreciated the gesture of FCCI to plant one thousand saplings and said that district administration in collaboration with FCCI has plans to plant one Million seedlings during next season. “Concerned government staff would be involved for the watering and the protection of newly planted saplings till they develop their own mechanism for survival”, he added. he also briefly discussed the price control measures and said that DC price control squad is working in 24 markets and its scope would be enhanced to other areas to provide items of daily use at control rates.

Dr. Khurram Tariq President FCCI welcomed the Deputy Commissioner and hoped that being “son of soil” he would leave an appreciable legacy for his incumbents. He said that Faisalabad has maximum per capita income. “It made startling growth but later on, it lagged far behind due to inconsistent policies and retrogressive attitude of the administration”, he remarked.

He said that Faisalabad has a unique and iconic clock tower which must be included in the heritage sites of UNICEF. He said that eight bazars may also have tram or dedicated pedestrian ways. He said that Faisalabad has the largest industrial estate with its alignment touching Chiniot and Sahianwala but we have less pollution than Lahore and Gujranwala. He also expressed dismay over the lack of infrastructure for the development of the IT sector. Dr. Khurram Tariq also enumerated multiple problems relating to City Development, Education, Plantation, Welfare, Urban Development, Labor Welfare, Public Policy, Monitoring, Pilot projects, Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology, Parking outside Montgomery bazar, Cleanliness, Municipal Services and Communication & Works etc.

A question answer session was also held which was participated by Haji Muhammad Abid, Sanaullah Niazi, Shafiq Hussain Shah, Muhammad Tayyab, Mian Abdul Waheed, Khalid Bashir Arain, Abid Aziz, Sohail Butt, Maqsood Butt, Mian Tanveer Ahmed, Ghulam Hussain, Rana Shahid Raza, Malik Manzoor Ahmed, Malik Manzoor Maqbool, Shakeel Ahmed Ansari, Rana Asim, Mohammad Wasif and Shahid Latif. Dr. Habib Aslam Gaba was the master of the ceremony while former President Rana Sikandar Azam offered vote of thanks. Later Dr. Khurram Tariq presented FCCI shield to Imran Hamid Sheikh Deputy Commissioner Faisalabad in memory of visit to the chamber. Dr. Sajjad Senior Vice President and other executive members were also present during this meeting. 

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