LAHORE: Lack of parking facilities is one of the major reasons of traffic congestion in the city. Therefore, the government should immediately start construction of parking plazas in the major markets of the city.

These views were expressed by the participants of a meeting at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. LCCI President Mian Tariq Misbah presided over the meeting while Senior Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan, Vice President Tahir Manzoor Chaudhry, Chief Traffic Officer Lahore Muntazir Mehdi, Assistant Commissioner Faizan Ahmad, Chief Engineer TEPA Ch. Abdul Razzaq, Chairperson Board of Director of LEPARK Rubina Nazar Sulehri and Convener LCCI Standing Committee on City District Liaison Committee Mujahid Maqsood Butt also spoke on the occasion.

CTO Lahore Muntazir Mehdi said that traders should play their role for the elimination of encroachment. Traffic Police Department will extend full cooperation. He said that the suggestions of business community will be welcomed for the improvement of traffic management system. He said that to keep the traffic moving is the prime task of Traffic Police and staff is putting in its best efforts for this. He said that violation of traffic rules is not being tolerated and the department is also creating awareness amongst the masses.

LCCI President Mian Tariq Misbah said that construction of parking plazas should be started immediately at Mochi Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Beadon Road, Hall Road, Shahalam Gate and other markets.

He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry will continue to provide maximum help to the traffic police in the larger interests of the trade and industry. He said that smooth flow of traffic not only cuts cost of doing business but ensures on-time delivery of goods at their destination. He said that keeping the flow of traffic is a herculean task but the traffic police is managing it in such a nice manner that every segment of society is appreciating them. He said that the liaison between police and the business community is a must and the LCCI is always giving a special focus to enhance the liaison with police.

The LCCI President said that the traffic police role is very vital in the sense that a disciplined traffic flow gives a picture of whole society on the one hand while on the other hand it plays its role in economic turnaround by cutting transportation time of goods carriers.

LCCI Senior Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan and Vice President Tahir Manzoor Chaudhry said that illegal U Turns, cuts and parking stands on major roads of Shahalam and other markets should be removed. They said that road from Soha Bazar to Paniwala Talab should be declared one-way.

The LCCI office-bearers said that a committee, having representatives from the LCCI and markets, should be formed and its meeting should be held every month at the LCCI to tackled the issue of encroachments. They said that number of traffic wardens should be enhanced in the markets during the rush hours.

They said that the encroachments are the major reasons of traffic mess in the market therefore, these should be removed immediately.

Former LCCI Vice President Mian Zahid Javed Ahmed, Executive Committee Members Haji Muhammad Asif Sehar, Zeshan Sohail Malik, Fiaz Haider, Shahid Nazir, Malik Muhammad Khalid, Sajjad Afzal Sheikh, Wasif Yousaf, Malik Riaz Iqbal and Ali Afzal were also present in the meeting.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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