ISLAMABAD: A delegation of business representatives led by FPCCI Vice President Munawar Mughal called on CDA Member Administration Amer Ali Ahmed and apprised him about the issues being faced by the business community.
The delegation comprised of ICCI Founder Group Chairman Abdul Rauf, former presidents of ICCI Tariq Sadiq, Zafar Bakhtawari, Ejaz Abbasi, Khalid Iqbal Malik, Khalid Chaudhry, Malik Sohail Hussain, Chaudhry Mukhtar, Tahir Ayub and Naeem Piracha.
Addressing the delegation, Amer Ali said that the civic body has planned many new initiatives for the better development of local infrastructure to facilitate the growth of business activities. He said CDA has planned to make Expressway signal free and launch on it a mini train service as well as build two flyovers on Kashmir Highway. He said these initiatives would play positive role in facilitating people as well as promoting business activities.
He also assured to remove the reservations of business community related to the performance of Planning Wing and Building Control Section of CDA and added that a meeting of CDA officers has been called in the next week to discuss and resolve all key issues of trade and industry.
Speaking at the occasion, Munawar Mughal, Vice President, FPCCI appreciated the positive approach of Member Admin CDA, but complained that the other officers of CDA were not showing same level of cooperation to resolve the business community problems due to which many issues of trade and industry were lying pending for the last 15 years. He said business community was totally unhappy with the performance of CDA and urged that the civic body should become proactive to facilitate the smooth growth of business activities. He stressed that CDA should eliminate case-to-case policy regarding lease renewal cases and Planning Wing of CDA should mend its ways to become problem solver instead of problems creator.
Abdul Rauf said that thousands of lease renewal cases were pending with CDA due to which not only businessmen were suffering, but the civic body was also losing revenue. He said federal ombudsman had decided a case 13 months ago, but CDA was not implementing that decision. He said Planning Wing was proving main hurdle in addressing issues. He called upon the civic body to take urgent measures to resolve all issues of business community so that traders and industrialists could feel facilitated in promoting business activities.