Poor infrastructure hampering industry in Karachi

KARACHI: Karachi Industrial Forum (KIF) on Tuesday expressed concern over acute shortage of utilities including water, gas, electricity and public transport in the industrial areas of Karachi.

In an emergency press conference at Karachi Press Club, the presidents of different associations of industrial areas expressed concern over the poor civic infrastructure in the city and its suburb areas. They said despite the fact that Karachi contributes 50 percent of national exports, 54 percent of tax revenue and giving lots of employment to people from all over the country, sadly it is still of deprived of basic urban civic necessities.

President, North Karachi Association of Trade and Industry Mohammad Jawed Bilwani said for last two decades Karachi has been suffering injustice as it is not getting proper civic infrastructures like water supply, gas, electricity, streetlights, motor able roads and a civilized urban public transport.

He said entry and exit points of industrial areas are blocked due to traffic jams and poor road conditions and people find it very difficult to enter the industrial areas. This creates a very bad image on our foreign visitors and potential investors.

Bilwani said such unfriendly civic environment in these industrial areas like poor infrastructure, dilapidated roads, lack of public transport, poor law and order situation, unreliable supply of gas and electricity have affected the production of our industries.

The industrialists demanded of the government to resolve these urban civic problems without any delay; otherwise, they refuse to pay their taxes as a protest.

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