Punjab govt to set up industrial zone in Lahore

It will provide safe environment for industries in urban areas

​ Our Correspondent October 06, 2019
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LAHORE: The Punjab government has planned to establish an industrial zone in Lahore in a bid to provide safe environment for the industrial units located in urban areas.

In this regard, a committee has been constituted, headed by Punjab Minister for Industries and Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal.

A brief survey has also been conducted under which the industrial units set up in the vicinity will be made part of the zone. The survey focused on identifying and categorising areas into industrial, residential, grey and green regions.

Commenting on the development, Iqbal said the prime minister had headed a session on the industrial zone project and all factors relating to the plan were taken into consideration. “An infrastructure master plan is being prepared and initial work has been completed,” he said.

The minister added that the committee was inspecting different vicinities of Lahore including Multan Road, Sheikhupura Road, Ferozepur Road, Daroghawala and northern Lahore.

“These regions should be declared as industrial zones because several industries established there are currently surrounded by residential buildings,” he said, adding that the master plan would result in zoning of these areas. He elaborated that the step was taken because citizens residing in the surrounding areas had made frequent complaints about the factories there, which invited attention of the prime minister as well.

“The zoning of these mills will also attract foreign investors as well as provide a safe environment for the industrialists,” Iqbal said. 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2019.

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