Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has given approval in principle to the setting up a modern fruit and vegetable market at Kacha on Ferozepur Road and constituted a committee to take all possible measures for the completion of the project within a year.
He also issued instructions for provision of necessary facilities as soon as possible in the vegetable market shifted from Kot Lakhpat.
He was presiding over a meeting regarding the project of setting up fruit and vegetable market here on Wednesday.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said a large peace of land had been selected at Kacha where a well-designed fruit and vegetable market would be set up which would be equipped with the latest facilities. He added that the project would introduce a new culture and promote economic and trade activities, and the site for the market was nearest to Motorway, Ring Road and railway crossing which would be of great benefit. He also issued instructions for contacting railway authorities for linking fruit and vegetable market with the railway system.
He also gave instructions to the committee set up under the chairmanship of Afzal Khokhar to visit Turkey, Thailand and China to review the model of such markets in these countries for setting up the modern fruit and vegetable market in Lahore. He further directed that all out facilities should be extended to the middlemen of the vegetable market shifted from Kot Lakhpat so that they could pursue their business activities without any problem.
Earlier, Secretary Agriculture Department Captain (retd) Arif Nadeem gave a briefing regarding the project of fruit and vegetable market at Kacha. The participants of the meeting also gave their proposals in this regard.