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KARACHI: Secretary Industries & Commerce, Government of Sindh, Amir Khursheed has informed the members of SITE Association of Industries that a summary has been approved by the Chief Minister Sindh for a new Karachi-based Industrial Estate on 3,000 acres, which will also incorporate cottage industries and SMEs.

On the matter of Ease of Doing Business, he said that we are already looking into it through the Directorate of Industries to streamline everything for all industries.

Addressing the members of SITE Association of Industry, he assured them that he will take up the matter of issuance of trade license with Barrister Murtaza Wahab.

Property Tax shall be collected by SITE Limited from the area so that funds collected are invested in this area for its uplift.

In response to a question regarding setting up of Combined Effluent Treatment Plants, Amir Khursheed said that project mode is being changed from conventional government-based project to Public Private Partnership mode for easier and efficient production. Once the Board approves the new mode, the work on CETP will commence. He added that the expected cost is roughly Rs25bn per CETP.

Amir Khursheed, talking on the problems being faced by the industries of SITE area, said that sewerage lines’ cleaning is not an easy job. For this purpose, machinery is required at SITE Limited, and modalities for acquisition of relevant equipment are being worked out.

President SITE Association of Industry, Abdul Rasheed drew his attention towards lifting of solid waste & garbage, installing streetlights on main roads and tree plantation along the newly constructed roads.

He said that a waste energy plant should be established at the SITE area to utilize solid waste effectively and also meet energy requirements of industries.

Abdul Rasheed further informed that water allocation for SITE area is 10 MGD, against its total requirement of 50 MGD. He mentioned that only 1 MGD water is supplied to industries of SITE.

He said to resolve the problem on a permanent basis, a PC-1 was prepared in June 2021 for a dedicated water pipeline from Hub Dam to SITE area and a letter in this regard has already been sent to the Industries Minister.

Amir Khursheed assured members to look into this matter, as well. SITE President also highlighted the low gas pressure problem being faced by industries of SITE area and requested Secretary Industries to use his good offices to get the matter resolved. Amir Khursheed assured his full cooperation in this matter.

Matters related to security issues in SITE and growing encroachments also came under discussion. It was decided that SITE Association will send details of encroachments, upon receipt of which, action shall be taken in coordination for LEAs.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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Adnan Yakub Mar 09, 2022 04:33pm
One corrupt officer of SITE office Mr Ahmad Nawaz Jigrani, who sold govt owned Land of Noriabad illegally and earned billions of Rupees. Just released on bail from NAB custody. There is NO punishment to anyone. Who will provide us guarantee upon our investment in SITE.
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RAEES MURAD MUSHTAQ Mar 09, 2022 08:05pm
@Adnan Yakub, 100% AGREE YOU ARE RIGHT
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Retired Mar 09, 2022 09:31pm
Bhatta Mafia is silently working in all Industrial areas of Karachi. There are more than 25 government departments collecting Bhatta on monthly/ half yearly basis.
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Khursheed ahmed Mar 10, 2022 08:20am
MashaAllah, i need plots in area
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Bilal Mar 10, 2022 08:44am
@Adnan Yakub, True that.. these kind of black sheep should be hanged in front of public.
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Irfan Mar 10, 2022 09:00am
The industrial areas property rates are so high that setting up new factory is infeasible in most areas. And the biggest reason seems to be that a lot of plots are acquired as real estate investment, and no industry is set up on them. Or they are used only as godowns or commercial uses. Therefore the new industrial area being planned should be on the lines of Sundar Industrial estate, where the owners are bound to start the intended factory within 2 years or so, or there allotment is cancelled. This will help ensure that the prices of land will not not so high, as people will not be able to just sit on it, creating shortage of land in them for genuine industries.
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Raza Ali Mar 10, 2022 10:01am
There are officers like Zeeshan Alvi & Roshan Kanasro who in connivance with landgrabbers like Qamar Abbas alais Qamroo have made dubious maps & documents using help of Rasheed Malano and encroached upon lands in SITE SUPERHIGHWAY and despite under NAB investigations are still allowed to continue working
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rehan zafar farooqui Mar 11, 2022 12:05am
this is absolutely a good news,but how can any small exporter get any small space in new site.
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