FAISALABAD, Nov 08 (APP): Five focused groups will be constituted to resolve the immediate nature of problems while the first meeting is being held on Tuesday to evolve a 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).
This was said by Deputy Commissioner Faisalabad Imran Hamid Sheikh while addressing the business community.
He said that FCCI will be taken on board to take ownership of the projects in addition to ensuring their continuity with sustained objectives.
Imran Hamid Sheikh said that the focused groups include FIEDMC, Crisis Management Centre in Clock Tower, Education, Plantation, and Parking. “These groups, with the representation of the 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 center 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 Bazaar that claimed seven precious lives. He said that he held a meeting in the clock tower to analyze the situation and as a first step, a Crisis Management Center (CMC) has been established where Civil Defence, 1122, and team from the Health department will remain available around 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, “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 an 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 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 a fire extinguisher and circuit breakers etc.”, he said, and appreciated the cooperation of FESCO in this regard. He said that the Deputy Commissioner’s 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-story parking plaza outside Chiniot bazaar 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.
Commenting on FIEDMC, Imran Hamid Sheikh said that its issues are very horrifying and sale of plots is stuck up due to land acquisition problems.
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 said that Faisalabad has a unique and iconic clock tower which must be included in the heritage sites of UNICEF. He said that eight bazaars may also have tram or dedicated pedestrian ways. He said, “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 bazaar, Cleanliness, Municipal Services and Communication & Works etc.
Later Dr. Khurram Tariq presented FCCI shield to Imran Hamid Sheikh Deputy Commissioner Faisalabad in memory of visit to the chamber.

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