The Railways Chairman expressed his readiness to declare Muzaffargarh station as customs station on the demand of MCCI. Consider this demand approved, he said and asked MCCI leaders to contact FBR and other departments for the purpose.
Habib Ur Rahman Gilani said that Multan would soon emerge as an important center in the near future, adding that a secretariat has already been set up and powers would be transferred gradually.
He said the transfer of authorities/powers was always a problem but added that the step has been taken and the process would only move forward.
He said the government was making huge investment on upgrading existing health, education and other facilities and introducing new ones in South Punjab. He recalled that when he was serving as secretary Planning and Development, the chief minister had approved his proposal that funds allocated for South Punjab should be kept allocated for this area for next year in case some of the funds remained unutilized.
Earlier, MCCI President Khawaja Salahuddin highlighted the issue of heavy expenses business community was compelled to bear on private means of transportation of business goods and demanded that special freight train for Multan-Karachi route be introduced for cost effective transportation of goods.
He also demanded customs station status for Muzaffargarh Railway station, representation of MCCI and Multan Dry Port representatives in Railways advisory committee, resumption of operations of Multan-Karachi Shah Rukn-e-Alam Express, Multan-Rawalpindi Thal Express, and Bilal Express, increase in Multan quota for Quetta-bound Jafar Express, resumption of Faisalabad Express on Multan-Faisalabad route, and ensure online seat booking through Railways software application.
Former MCCI president Khawaja Usman, former chairman Multan dry port Khawaja Faazil, and MCCI vice president Mian Shafi Anis also spoke and presented different proposals.