ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Amer Ali Ahmed said on Saturday that various developmental schemes have been initiated in the Islamabad and Kahuta Industrial areas to facilitate the industrialist community which is the backbone of the economy. He said that rehabilitation of many roads in I-9 and I-10 Industrial Areas along with Kahuta Triangle have been initiated including the important Islamabad Dry Port Road while maintenance of street lights in the industrial area has been started.

Talking to a delegation of Islamabad Industrial Association led by its President Tariq Sadiq, he informed that rehabilitation of the road linking Kahuta Industrial Triangle and streets within the industrial estate will cost Rs 374 million.

SVP of IIA Omais Khattak, VP Shaukat Hayat, Shaukat Masood, Amir Waheed, Shaban Khalid, Atif Ikram, Nasir Qureshi, Zakria Zia, Chief Coordinator Malik Sohail Hussain and other industrialists were also present on the occasion.

Amer Ali Ahmed said that an important Board meeting is on the cards with a single-point agenda to resolve the issue of lease renewal of the Industrial plots.

CDA may allow setting up all the environment-friendly industries in Islamabad except for those which are in the negative list, he said, adding that we need entrepreneurs that keep the environment first in their preferences as we cannot afford to have units posing a threat to ecosystems.

We have a clear commitment to achieve industrial growth while protecting the environment, he underlined and also assured all-out cooperation regarding demand of open policy regarding Trade Change and non-conformity notices. During the meeting, a decision was reached to form a joint advisory committee to assist Chairman CDA in matters confronting industrialist community.

Tariq Sadiq said that CDA is supporting the industrial sector which will enhance the manufacturing sector’s contribution to the GDP and provide jobs. Other members of the delegation lauded the ongoing operation to remove encroachments and retrieve state land and demanded rehabilitation of roads of I-11 Sabzi Mandi and I-10 Service Road which was accepted by the Chairman CDA.