Muhammad Ahmed Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber
of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has said that no development work has
been done in markets and industrial areas of Islamabad for the last four
years due to which the condition of these business areas has deteriorated.
He said that business community was paying multiple taxes and charges to
MCI including property tax, water charges, conservancy charges and
stressed that these funds should be utilized for rehabilitation of
infrastructure in markets and industrial areas including repair of roads,
footpaths, street lights, water & sewerage systems and provision of
filtration plants and public toilets.
Muhammad Ahmed Waheed said that Sheikh Ansar Aziz, Mayor Islamabad
was trying to provide facilities as he has recently done the ground-
breaking of a public toilet in F-10 Markaz. However, he stressed all markets
and industrial areas in Islamabad were needed urgent repair of basic
infrastructure to bring them at par with international standards and to
facilitate the growth of business activities.
Tahir Abbasi, Senior Vice President and Saif ur Rehman Vice President,
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that lockdown has
badly affected business activities in Islamabad. They stressed MCI should
remove all encroachments from markets in Islamabad as they were
tarnishing the look of markets and creating hurdles in business promotion.
They further stressed that MCI should reduce taxes and water charges to
provide relief to Covid-19 pandemic business community.