OUR STAFF REPORTER

SIALKOT

The Customs Intelligence has chalked out a plan to monitor the activities of the goods transport companies in Gujranwala Division's six districts.

According to its officials, the step was being taken following the involvement of the various goods transport companies in smuggling of goods and other valuables in Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts. They said that the people from Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhawah book their goods through these companies for smuggling.

They disclosed that the valuables being smuggled include auto parts, computer parts, imported clothes, tyres, tea, mobile phones, LCDs, LEDs etc from Afghanistan to different districts of the Punjab. The special teams of the Customs Intelligence have started checking these goods transport companies. The officials revealed that the companies if found indulged in such kind of smuggling would be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the companies owners have expressed grave concern over the step by the Customs Intelligence. They said that they were not doing any illegal activity nor they were involved in smuggling.

Meanwhile, the Excise and Taxation Department has decided to arrest 7,000 defaulters of the property tax and to seal their properties in Gujranwala district with the advent of the New Year 2015.

According to the senior officials of the E&T Department, these defaulters have not paid their property taxes for the last seven consecutive years and they were the defaulters of Rs10 million taxes. They said the special teams had started working to ensure early arrest of tax evaders.

POWER PLANT: The construction of three hydropower plant is in its final stages of completion near Head Bambaanwala, Daska tehsil. It would be helpful to overcome the menace of the energy crisis in the region.

According to the senior officials, the Punjab government has approved a multi-dimensional plan to establish small hydropower plants on the canals in Gujranwala Region's Chiyaanwali Bangla-Daska, Head Marala-Sialkot, Head Rasul and Head Khanki areas. These plants would have the capacity of producing 2 to 10 megawatts electricity.