LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday invited the attention of Federal Minister for Railways towards Pak-India section at Lahore Railway Station as its dilapidated condition is hitting hard the trade between the two countries.
In a statement, LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that at a time when Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique was utilizing all his energies to improve both the image and performance of Railways, the deplorable condition of the T-10 (Railways Mall Godown) of the Lahore Railway Station was nullifying all his efforts.
The LCCI President said that the T-10 of the Lahore Railway Station that 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 are discouraging the Indian and Pakistani businessmen to use the facility.
Engineer Sohail Lashari said that it also came into his notice that the Chairman LCCI Standing Committee for the Promotion of Pak-India Trade Aftab Ahmad Vohra when ever invited the Railways officials to the meetings convened to draw their attention, nobody even bothered to give a response what to talk of attending the meeting and listening to the point of view of LCCI members.
He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry was one of the main stakeholders of this marvellous facility as a large number of its members are doing trade with India and the officials of Public Sector entities are bound to address their genuine demands.
The LCCI President further said that the infrastructure conditions at Wagah-Attari border are also equally bad therefore the Railways Minister should issue necessary directions for the improvement that would help strengthen trade relations between Pakistan and India.