Federal Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Muhamamd Asif urged the masses to end unnecessary use of electricity, gas and water, saying that the country was rapidly moving towards unavoidable water crisis due to the shortage of dams and water reservoirs and massively unnecessary usage of water amidst energy crisis.

He was talking to newsmen after he laid the foundation stone of a Rs100 million worth project of construction of sewerage system at Shahabpura Chowk to Nullah Aik via Adalatgarha Phaatak Area.

He said that the year 2017 would be the year to end the energy crisis, as several energy producing projects including Neelam, Jhelum power projects were briskly under completion and would be completed very soon.

The Punjab government has finally approved the projects of establishing an overhead bridge at China Chowk here and an underpass in Shahabpura locality to lessen the traffic problems, and the construction work of these projects would start soon, said a federal minister who belongs to Sialkot.

He said that the government was committed to making Sialkot a model district of the country following its global industrial significance. It was making sincere efforts for the uplift and beautification of Sialkot, he said and added that it was approving and launching several mega social welfare and development projects in Sialkot.

He said that the Eastern Bypass project had already been completed while the construction of Western Bypass would start soon. He directed TMA to ensure immediate removal of encroachments from all parts of Sialkot city.

He said that Solid Waste Management Company (SWMC) and TMA were working parallel but who were responsible to maintain the cleanliness of the city because the city was facing cleanliness and sewerage system problems. He also expressed displeasure over the miserable condition of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park and directed for maintenance of the park in befitting manners.

UPLIFT HOPED: Sialkot International Airport Senior Vice Chairman Haji Aftab Barlas said that the airport was contributing to the national economy by bringing up the graph of exports.

Addressing a meeting of the SIAL management and traders, he said that it would open new vistas of economic development in Pakistan’s first ever “ Golden Export Triangle” comprising Sialkot, Gujrat and Gujranwala districts, besides, booming up the industrial sector doubling exports from US $ 1.8 billion annually from Sialkot.

He said that Sialkot airport would open new vistas of economic development in the country and bring a boom in the industrial sector. He narrated that the Sialkot business community has written a unique golden history of self help by completing this mega project, advising others to replicate it.

Growth of garments industry stressed

There is a great scope of growth for garments industry in Sialkot city which produces the world’s 40 percent quality martial arts garments.

According to Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) Central Chairman Ejaz A Khokhar, the largerscale growth of Sialkot’s value-added garments industry could be possible through early solution to the problems being faced by the industry. The exports of garments could be enhanced to Rs12 billion from Rs8 billion, he said.

He added that the provision of middle management and trained & skilled labour is vital for expansion of garments industry. Only trained and skilled labour could save garments industry.

He said that early establishment of a garments training institution and an international-standard textile industry at Sialkot was need of the hour. The government should make efforts for boosting the industry, he demanded. Garments exporters should also focus on enhancing the exports of garments to the global challenges of WTO and now GSP Plus through increasing the quality of export products.