LAHORE - Business Community on Tuesday demanded of the government to deploy police personnel at all the City markets and outside the shopping malls to ease the traffic congestion and keep an eye on anti-social elements.
They said that the deployment of police personnel at exit and entry points of all the leading markets would not only help improve law and order situation but would also avert any untoward incident.
They said that the district administration should also ensure regular patrolling of traffic sergeants in and around all City Markets and places prone to traffic congestion and traffic offenses.
“The deployment of police and patrolling by traffic sergeants would have psychological impact and discourage the traffic violators and anti-social elements to disrupt peace at business places.”
They said that the Lahore has become hub of business activities and thousands of shoppers visit various City markets from the adjoining areas on daily basis. Their safety and smooth flow of traffic is a prime responsibility of the law enforcement agencies but unfortunately for the last two to three years the situation was getting out of hands and it takes hours to move from one place to the other.
They said that the business activities due to shortage of electricity and gas were already alarmingly low and if the law and order was not maintained through extra-ordinary measures, both the government and the private sector would suffer heavily.
“The government would have to face revenue losses while the private sector would be bound to close down their businesses.”
The LCCI president Sohail Lashari said that the foreign direct investment scenario was also very bleak as it has registered 27 per cent decline as compared to corresponding period last year and the steps like deployment of police at City markets would help build confidence of the foreigners living in the City of Lahore.
The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry understands that the Chief Minister Punjab was working day in and day out for the betterment of economy and expedite economic activities but these efforts would not bear fruit unless and until law and order situation is not made exemplary.