SIALKOT - Exporters, manufacturers and vendors have urged on the Punjab government to formulate a comprehensive plan for the establishment of new mini-industrial estates for industrial development in Sialkot.

The Punjab government should take initiatives for the development of mini-industrial estates along with Sialkot-Daska, Sialkot-Sambrial and Sialkot-Pasrur roads for reducing burden on existing small industrial estate as well as create employment opportunities for industrial workers at their doorsteps.

According to a survey conducted by The Nation, due to lack of finance most of SMEs were doing their business in residential area of the city owing to lack of proper business locality. The establishment of new estates would not only accommodate the SMEs and vendor industry but also supportive in the development of neglected areas of Sialkot,” some industrialists pointed out.

The major impact of new industrial estates in the area will reduce the rapid rural migration towards the urban areas and help in generating employment opportunities at their doorstep.

Currently, a huge number of industrial workers including female workers belonging to Pasrur, Narowal, Zafarwal, Daska and Sambrial are coming daily to Sialkot for job. According to a rough estimate, thousands of skilled, semi-skilled and daily-wagers were engaged with local industries like surgical instruments, sports goods, soccer balls, leather, gloves and martial art uniforms industries of Sialkot.

Under the circumstances there was a dire need of establishment of mini estates for reducing burden on the city as well as to ensure job opportunities to the industrial workers at their doorsteps, besides this step would also be helpful in producing new vistas of industrial development and prosperity in the area.

In addition to this Vending industry is an integral part of export industry and there was a need of mini industrial estates in Sialkot not only for further accelerating the business activities in this export-oriented city and hub of cottage industry but also accommodating the vending industry.

Cottage industries were spread in and around the city and are housed at residential places to create various problems of noise and environment pollution. The local government has also started a campaign against noise and environmental pollution, owing to which the vendors are being forced to shift away from residential areas. 

The vending industry is an integral part of export industry and there was a need of two to three industrial estates in Sialkot not only for further accelerating the business activities in this export-oriented city and hub of cottage industry but also accommodating the vending industry.

In order to cope with the situation and as part of exports promotion and pollution control measures mini industrial estate to accommodate vendors and manufacturers who cannot afford buying a small piece of land for their manufacturing units and the existing places lack civic amenities, as well. Shifting of vendors to a specific zone is also important for pollution control, an industrial hazard.

The industrial performance is based on the teamwork involving in house production and outsourcing to vendors and in this modern era it is vital to uplift and upgrade the facilities of these small vendors, so that they could provide quality products to the established exporters.