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Traders threaten protests against Metro Bus Extension Project

15 January, 2014

LAHORE: Anjuman-e-Tajiran Ferozepur Road has threatened to stage a protest and observe a complete strike on Friday against Metro Bus Extension Project that is going to hit 6,200 businesses in Chungi Amarsidhu area alone.

A 20-member delegation of Anjuman-e-Tajiran Ferozepur Road, led by its Action Committee Chairman Ayub Mayo, was talking to LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari on Monday. LCCI Executive Committee Member Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam and Waqar Ahmad Mian were also present.

The delegation said that they were left with no other option but to resort to protests and a strike against the proposed government plan that would deprive thousands of businessmen of their livelihood.

They said that it was a deep-rooted conspiracy to defame the government as the responsible government functionaries had not furnished an accurate and true data of the victims of Metro Bus Expansion Project.

They were of the view that the chief minister of Punjab should look into the project and direct the authorities concerned to evolve an alternate plan to ensure signal-free movement of the Metro Bus Service.

"It would be wiser on part of the government if a flyover is constructed instead of demolishing the running businesses."

Speaking on the occasion, LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that all the development projects should be launched in consultation with the stakeholders. He said that the government was making all-out efforts to attract foreign investment in the country while the local investment scenario was also not very encouraging due to anti-business policies.

He said that the government should come up with a compensation policy for the victims of Metro Bus Expansion Project and the businessmen were not being taken into the confidence before the launch of any such plan. The LCCI president assured the delegation that he would request the chief minister to share master plan with the victims of Metro Bus Expansion Project.

Lashari said that as an alternate plan construction of flyover could be considered for Metro Bus Expansion Project. He said that the business community highly appreciates the Punjab government for putting in untiring efforts to develop infrastructure in the province and bringing it at par with international cities but at the same time it wants the government to address the genuine concerns of the businesses falling prey to this development.

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 making it beneficial to business community.

He hoped that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would issue necessary directions to the department concerned to share Metro Bus Expansion plan with the stakeholders for the removal of their apprehensions.

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