LAHORE: The business community Tuesday urged the Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique, to improve Pak-India section at Lahore Railway Station as its dilapidated condition is hitting hard trade between the two countries.
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Engineer Sohail Lashari said here that deplorable condition of the T-10 (Railways Mall Godown) of the Lahore Railway Station was nullifying all efforts of the federal Minister to improve Pakistan Railways image and performance.
He pointed out that the T-10, which purely deals with Pak-India trade, was fast losing business because of its shabby infrastructure as inadequate sitting arrangements, leaking roofs, bad roads and above all rampant incidents of theft were discouraging the Indian and Pakistani businessmen to use the facility. He added that whenever the LCCI Standing Committee for Promotion of Pak-India Trade Chairman Aftab Ahmad Vohra invited the Railways officials to the meetings in this regard, they always gave cold shoulders and never met with LCCI members.
Lashari said the Lahore Chamber was one of the main stakeholders of this marvelous facility as a large number of its members were doing trade with India and the officials of Public Sector entities were bound due weightage to their genuine demands.
He asserted that infrastructure conditions at Wagah-Attari border were also equally bad, and ‘We appeal to the Railways Minister to direct the officers concerned for improvement that would help further strengthen trade relations between Pakistan and India.’