Caretaker Minister for Revenue, Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Sindh, Muhammad Younus Dagha, has announced a one-window solution for swift resolution of industry complaints. He also announced the formation of a separate body for SITE, like other industrial areas of Karachi, to maintain infrastructure in the SITE area. He was addressing members of the SITE Association of Industry during his visit to the Association. He was accompanied by Secretary Industries Sindh Abdul Rasheed Solangi and MD, SITE Limited Ghazandar Ali Qadri.
At this occasion, Dagha also announced digitalization of land record of SITE Limited in the backdrop of numerous complaints of irregularities and said that the Master Plan will also be placed on the website.
On the matter of agreement signed between SITE Limited and SSWMB, the Minister reiterated that the separate body being formed will take up this matter as well. We are in fact, distributing the work of SITE Limited and the company will be responsible for the maintenance of infrastructure in SITE Karachi alone. He added that a separate account for SSWMB related collection can also be opened to redress complaints of recovery.
Earlier, SITE President Muhammad Kamran Arbi, while welcoming the Chief Guest, presented a brief introduction of SITE area Karachi and highlighted major issues impeding industrial growth which included need for reforms in SITE Limited, mechanism for maintenance of infrastructure, proper functioning of Oversight Committee for PSDP program, implementation of agreement signed between SITE Limited and SSWMB, supply of water to industries, Combined Effluent Treatment Plant, gas pressure issue, and non-implementation of a Single Window Solution covering all provincial government departments.
Patron-in-Chief Zubair Motiwala, speaking on the occasion, congratulated Younus Dagha on assuming the portfolio of Industries Minister and remarked that he is the Right Person for the Right Job. He said that foreign buyers are reluctant to place orders on exporting industries located in SITE Karachi, knowing their inability to deliver on time due to unavailability of gas in SITE and said, it is non-tariff barrier which should be removed on priority. He seconded the formation of a separate body to look after infrastructure of SITE area like other industrial areas. Motiwala also offered to take over recycled water project at TP-I in SITE and stressed to call BOD meeting of SITE Limited as soon possible as per agenda and working paper sent by the Association.
Former President Jawed Bilwani, gave details of income & expenditure of SITE Limited briefed on efforts made in the past to streamline the working of SITE Limited. He in particular mentioned that in Nawabshah and Larkana Industrial Estate, not a single industry has been set up but they still had staff of 60-70 persons.
Former Chairman Younus Bashir, thanked Mr. Dagha for sparing time to visit SITE Association and said that unfortunately, no party has done anything for Karachi and people are leaving the country which is a very serious matter.
Majyd Aziz, Abdul Rasheed, Riaz Uddin, Abdul Kadir Bilwani, Muhammad Hussain Moosani, Saleem Nagaria, Anwer Aziz, Saud Mahmood, Riaz Dhedhi, Khalid Riaz, Rizwan Lakhany, Executive Committee members and general members were also present in the meeting. As a gesture of goodwill, Association’s crest was presented to the Chief Guest and vote of thanks was presented by VP Farhan Ashrafi.