Ruda set to launch work in industrial area.

LAHORE -- The Ravi Urban Development Authority (Ruda) is all set to launch development work in the existing industrial area and the adjacent land falling within territorial jurisdiction of the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project (RRUDP).

In the first phase, the existing industrial area - the Ravi Industrial Zone - will be gated besides having signage on location, names of roads / streets, nature of industry etc. In the next phase, the development work (laying of sewerage pipes, water supply lines and other infrastructure) will be launched.

Similarly, the development work at the land, adjacent to the existing industrial area, allocated for a state-of-the-art Ravi Industrial Estate will be launched. 'The total industrial area of the Ravi project consists of around 7,300 acres. Out of this, the existing industrial area consists of 2,500 acres or so whereas Ruda plans to develop a modern industrial estate at the remaining land measuring 4,800 acres,' Inam Butt, Ravi Industrial Estate Association chairman, told Dawn on Saturday.

'At the existing zone comprising 2,500 acres, as many as 1,000 small and medium industrial units (steel, plastic, auto parts and export item manufacturing units) are being run for long,' he added. He said that at a meeting held with the Ruda management in the project area, CEO Imran Ameen told the business community that the existing Ravi industrial zone would be regulated by the authority to resolve all issues being faced by the factory owners.

Talking about the fee, development charges etc to be paid by the factory owners to the government for getting their premises regularised, Mr Butt said the Ravi industrial zone factory owners had been asked to pay Rs5,000 and Rs10,000 as enlistment fee / member fee of the industrial zone for their business points measuring up to five kanal and above, respectively. Similarly, the owners would also pay Rs500,000 per kanal as development charges liable to be paid within five years and Rs30,000 (each) as processing charges for map approval by the respective authorities.

The Punjab government had earlier in August started working out the charges / rates for the land use conversion in the existing industrial zone in the project area. The Board of Revenue (BoR) had been assigned the task but it is yet to do so.

According to Ravi Industrial Estate Association Vice Chairman Mian Kamran, since the status of 2,500 acres where the industrial units exist is mentioned as agriculture in...

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