Lahore - The Anjuman-e-Tajiran Ferozepur Road Action Committee has staged a protest demonstration against Punjab government for non-payment of Ferozepur Road Signal Free Project’s affectees here on Sunday at Chungi Amarsidhu.

The Action Committee chairman Ayyub Khan Mayo addressing the protesters said that the project is going to hit directly and indirectly 100,000 people on Ferozepur Road while 6,200 businesses will be affected in Chungi Amarsidhu area alone. The main affectee traders who participated in protest included Ayyub Mayo, Saqib Bhatti, Dr. Burhan, Malik Toqir Abbas, Laiq Shahid, Zaman Khan and Bilal Hussain.  Action Committee Chairman Ayyub Mayo said that they were left with no other option but to resort to protests and a strike against the non-payment to the affectees of the proposed Ferozepur Road Signal Free Project that would deprive thousands of businessmen of their livelihood.

The protesters chanted slogans against City District Government Lahore as well as the LDA. Ayyub Mayo was of the view that the chief minister of Punjab should look into the project and direct the authorities concerned to evolve an alternate plan to ensure signal-free movement of the traffic. “It would be wiser on part of the government if a flyover is constructed instead of demolishing the running businesses.” He said that all the development projects should be launched in consultation with the stakeholders.

He said that it was a deep-rooted conspiracy to defame the government as the responsible govt functionaries had not furnished an accurate and true data of the victims of the Project. 

He said that the government was making all-out efforts to attract foreign investment in the country while the local investment scenario was also not very encouraging due to anti-business policies.

Ayyub Mayo said that as an alternate plan construction of flyover could be considered for Signal Free Project. He said that the business community highly appreciates the Punjab government for putting in untiring efforts to develop infrastructure in the province and bringing it at par with international cities but at the same time it wants the government to address the genuine concerns of the businesses falling prey to this development. He hoped that Chief Minister would issue necessary directions to the department concerned to share plan with the stakeholders for the removal of their apprehensions.