KARACHI: Federal Secretary Communications Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has assured that the technical committee, tasked to decide the fate of load issue being faced by heavy vehicles, will be directed to expedite the process of finalising the weight limits for numerous heavy vehicles in coordination with all stakeholders so that a mutually acceptable mechanism could be introduced at the earliest, a statement said on Thursday.
Speaking at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said the technical committee would finalise weight limits strictly in consultation with all the stakeholders, including representatives from the KCCI and Goods Transporters Associations, as the government was keen to ensure ease of doing business.
“This committee would soon come up with a positive news,” he added.
Siddiqui stressed that all stakeholders, including the government will have to make collective efforts with open minds to resolve issues being faced by the business community.
“The present government and the minister for communication have been pursuing a very strong policy to promote and support the economy, trade, businesses and connectivity, which is the only way to ensure socioeconomic development.”
“Socioeconomic development can only be ensured when the wheels of economy continue to spin without any kind of interruption and the people realise their responsibility of paying taxes,” he added.
Resolution of issues being faced by transporters was one of the foremost priority of the ministry; therefore, they have constantly been holding meetings with the transporters from across Pakistan and accordingly taking remedial steps for creating an enabling environment.
“It is my utmost desire that the transport sector, which is the backbone of country’s economy, progresses well as I firmly believe that road development is the mother of all developments. If our road infrastructure is improved and made safe and secure, it would result in improving the economy and also all types of businesses.”
“Hence, a maintenance campaign has also been launched across Pakistan to improve all the motorways,” he added.
All relevant ministries, including railways, ports and shipping and communications will be asked to sit together to discuss numerous issues being faced by the transport sector and devise strategies, which are in favour of the economy and all the stakeholders.
“We have to take steps to transform the existing motorways by introducing the concept of smart motorways and maximise the number facilities, which are already on our agenda,” Siddiqui said, adding that the highways need to be strengthened, modernised and made presentable, beautiful and clean through a massive campaign, which is already underway, as all the departments under the purview of the Ministry of Communications were busy in an aggressive plantation campaign and anti-encroachment operation.
He also instructed NHA Member South, who was also present at the meeting, to look into the possibility of broadening the ICI Bridge and installation of solar lights at the entry and exist points of Lyari Expressway, besides coming up with a strategy on how to deal with long queues at the entry points of Lyari Expressway.
Earlier, Makda expressed deep concerns over issuance of a notice in which impractical weight limits have been defined for heavy vehicles and said that this was purely against the government’s policy pertaining to ease of doing business; hence, it needs to be reviewed.
He requested the communications secretary to come up with a reasonable solution in consultation with the KCCI and all other stakeholders.
He said the government must devise strategies to minimise the grievances being faced by the goods transporters who should be provided a level-playing field and practical steps have to be taken to create a win-win situation for everyone.