Published On: Sat, Sep 14th, 2019
Published in Category: Peshawar

SCCI demands for reviewing axle load regime

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Peshawar : President of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Faiz Muhammad Faizi on Friday urged the government and Ministry of Communications to bring relaxation in the axle load regime and to provide equal facilities to make the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa industries competitive with other provinces.

While speaking at a consultative meeting on ‘National Freight and Logistics Policy’ at the SCCI here, he said on Friday that KP industries are already reeling due to prolonged terrorism and unfavorable conditions, while the government policies are further pushing the local industries toward standstill in the province.

He demanded the deferment of Axle load regime till resumption of freight train service for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He furthermore called to end discrimination with K-P and to provide equal facilities to businesses there, like given to industries in other provinces.

He said that for this purpose, a two member team of Federal Ministry of Communications, comprised on Javaid Mansoor and Syed Asim Hussain met with him at the chamber house. Zarak Khan, president Industrialist Association Hayatabad Peshawar, former president SCCI Malik Niaz Ahmad, former senior vice president, Engr Maqsood Anwar Pervez were present in the meeting.

SCCI president said the KP industries were facing colossal losses due to suspension of cargo train service for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He added KP has faced number of disadvantages, due to far away from port-city couple with suffering from prolonged terrorism.

He urged the government to take all chambers and stakeholders on board before the formation of policies to make them workable. He said the discriminatory with KP industries should be ended. He said cost of industrial productivity had increased following the introduction of Axle Load Regime by the government, making the KP uncompetitive with industries of other provinces.

“KP is producing cheapest electricity, which were sold on high tariff, which was completely unjust with people of the province”, Mr Faizi said, added the province has also surplus production in natural gas, but the gas facility was not available to industrial, commercial and domestic consumers in sufficient quantum.

SCCI chief said that the Axle Load Regime should be relaxed till the resumption of freight train service for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and to extend all facilities to KP businesses which were avail industries in other provinces.

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