Traders demand completion of food street construction in G-7 Markaz


ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) President Sheikh Amir Waheed has said that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had approved and started the construction of a food street in G-7 Markaz, Sitara Market, but due to some unknown reasons, its work was stopped which was unfortunate. He urged the civic body to complete the construction of food street in Sitara Market that would give a boost to business activities in the area.

He stated this while addressing a delegation of Traders Welfare Association (TWA), G-7 Markaz, Sitara Market Islamabad led by its President Syed Altaf Shah which visited ICCI on Monday. Senior Vice President ICCI Muhammad Naveed Malik and Vice President Nisar Mirza were also present on the occasion.

Sheikh Amir Waheed said that the newly elected government has assured to promulgate new Rent Control Act Islamabad within 100 days of its tenure and hoped that it will resolve this long-standing issue of the traders.

ICCI Senior Vice President Muhammad Naveed Malik and Vice President Nisar Mirza said that the consecutive second election of current office bearers of TWA Sitara Market reflected that they were delivering up to the satisfaction of their constituents. They assured that ICCI would fully cooperate with TWA Sitara Market in resolving key issues of traders of the area.

Speaking at the occasion, Sitara Market Traders Welfare Association President Syed Altaf Shah, Secretary General Chaudhry Khurram Iqbal and Senior Vice President Ashraf Farzand said that there was a dire need of construction of interlink roads in their market for easy access to customers and stressed upon CDA to focus on this issue.

They said that CDA had agreed for flowers market in G-7 Markaz and urged that the civic body should develop the said market in the area to meet the needs of people. They said that a filtration plant was available in the market, but was not working and urged that CDA should make it functional so that traders and people of the area could avail clean drinking water.

The TWAoffice-bearers said that due to the absence of rent control act in Islamabad, rent disputes of traders were on the rise and emphasized upon the government to arrange early passage of an amended bill of rent control act from the parliament so that this longstanding issue of the traders could be resolved once for all.

Former ICCI president Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, Ajmal Baloch, Hamid Meraj, Khalid Chaudhry, Mian Khalid and others also spoke at the occasion and called upon the CDA to address the key issues of Sitara Market to facilitate the growth of business activities.