KARACHI: Lasbela Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Monday demanded of Pakistan Railways Minister, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, to order work on laying railway lines between Karachi and Hub in order to facilitate around 50,000 daily commuters between the two cities.
On the occasion of Chinese President’s visit to Pakistan, LCCI President Yakoob H Karim said that multi-billion dollar projects are being executed in the region with the support of China while laying of tracks and provision of other infrastructural facilities are being ignored.
He said that laying of tracks and introducing railway link between the two strategically important cities would also generate Pakistan Raiwalys’ income significantly as about 50,000 passengers mostly skilled labour work in Hub industrial area and commute to Lasbela on daily basis.
He said that considering the importance of Lasbela district due to being a gateway to the free port of Gawader, Lasbela Chamber had proposed to the Ministry of Railways to lay a track from Karachi to Hub and start a passenger and goods trains to facilitate the industries in order to reduce the cost of transportation of their workers and goods.
The railway authorities took up this proposal very seriously and an interdepartmental committee comprising representatives of Pakistan Railways, LIEDA and the LCCI was formed to study technical and commercial aspects of the project.
LCCI provided necessary commercial and industrial data to railway for their assistance in developing the feasibility. Since then, no progress has been made by the railway authorities. The Chamber is confident that the start of train service between Karachi and Hub, Lasbela would provide an incentive to local and foreign investors to set up their commercial and industrial units in this region. He said that present minister for railways should take the lead to execute the historic project.