Development projects of markets, industrial areas included in CDA budget: Amir Ali

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By Minahil Makhdoom

ISLAMABAD: Chief Commissioner Islamabad and Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Amir Ali Ahmed has said that on the demand of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), several development projects have been included in the forthcoming budget, including development of various markets, expansion of expressways, Rawal Chowk extension, 10th Avenue, Industrial Areas and Kahuta Triangle development works.
The Chairman CDA was talking to President ICCI Muhammad Ahmed Waheed who called on him here on Friday and apprised him about the problems faced by business community. Former ICCI Senior Vice President Khalid Chaudhry was also present on the occasion.
Amir Ali Ahmed said assured that efforts would be made to solve the problems of traders and industrialists on priority basis. Expressing his views on the occasion, Muhammad Ahmed Waheed said that CDA Board had approved amendments in industrial building by-laws many years ago but the same have not been implemented and urged that this issue should be resolved soon.
He said that for the last four years, no development work was done in markets and industrial areas due to which business community was facing many problems, but hoped that CDA would allocate more funds for development of markets and industrial areas in its budget.
ICCI President said that the lease renewal issues in I-9, I-10 industrial areas and commercial centres were pending since long and emphasized that they should be resolved to facilitate business community. He invited Amir Ali Ahmed to inaugurate the Facilitation Desk of ICT Administration established at ICCI as Chief Commissioner, which he accepted. Both sides also discussed many issues of mutual interest to facilitate business community.