KARACHI: The Sindh industries ministry has asked all the individuals given plots in the industrial parks to set up units there or face cancellation, officials said on Monday.
“A 15-day notice has been issued to these industrialists or businessmen to inform the ministry about their plans for setting up units for which those plots have been allotted to them, failing which the allotment would be cancelled,” said a senior official in the ministry.
Officials said the ‘final notice’ had been issued following directives of the minister for industries, commerce and cooperatives, Jam Ikramullah Dharejo.
They said that those who had been allotted industrial or commercial plots at the Small Industrial Estates and Industrial Parks had been asked to establish their proposed units within ‘prescribed period’.
Without elaborating further on the ‘prescribed period’ the officials said the beneficiaries of the allotments had also been asked to pay the outstanding amounts they owed to the ministry.
“Else, their plots will be cancelled and deposited amount will be forfeited as per law.”
Officials said such a step was being taken to expedite the culture of industrialisation in the province.
“The provincial minister for industries and commerce and cooperative is interested in encouraging industrial activities in Sindh,” said an official. He added that the minister had also directed the officers concerned to facilitate businessmen and industrialists through one-window operation.
He quoted the minister as saying such industrialisation in the province would reduce poverty and bring greater opportunities for employment.
Officials, however, said there were certain hiccups that a number of beneficiaries of the allotments had reported from time to time, which included continued encroachment on their plots.
They said the minister had asked the relevant authorities for the removal of encroachments on industrial estates. Besides, piles of garbage were omnipresent on vast lands procured for the industrial parks for which the municipalities concerned were being reminded of cleaning.