Rawalpindi: The business sector has urged that the district government build industrial and economic zones along the projected Rawalpindi Ring Road, which would relocate wholesale markets and bus terminals.

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The demand was made at a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ali, who was in Rawalpindi on Thursday to visit the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).

The deputy commissioner was updated on the chamber’s current activities by RCCI President Nadeem Rauf. Around the ring road, he believes, industrial and economic zones should be established. “If not, the ring road will be useless and will just be a road.”

He claims that traffic congestion in the city may be eased by relocating wholesale markets and bus/truck terminals along the ring road. He stated that it was critical to relocate bus stations outside of urban areas.

The meeting also covered the development of a Rawat Industrial Estate connection road, encroachment removal, traffic congestion, new parking plaza construction, and the widening of Kutcheri Chowk. He also expressed his concern to the deputy commissioner about the city’s escalating crime rate.

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The goal of the visit to the chamber, according to the DC, was to obtain opinion and suggestions from the business community on the issues they were facing.

He offered to the chamber to appoint a representative to monitor the progress of the ring road project and a member in price control committee. He said the physical survey of Leh Expressway was underway and the traders should give suggestions.

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