Amidst high concerns expressed by the affected farmers, a modern park namely Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park (Garment City) having state-of-the-art facilities has been planned while work for the purpose has been expedited for the promotion of textile industry.

The local farmers have expressed grave concerns over the project, saying that at the cost of agricultural loss, industrial progress could not be praised.

For the park, 1,500 acres of land has been acquired against Rs3,300 million in Sheikhupura with the cooperation of China. It would be helpful of increasing Pakistan’s exports, particularly textile and apparel.

The land situated in Qiampura, Sahoki Malyan, Kheroki Malyan, Khakharki Malyan, Mandyala, Mojoki Malyan, Saithian and other areas has been acquired while the payments to 1,400 owners are being made.

DCO Ali Jaan said that the Punjab government would complete the project soon and it would help benefit from GSP Plus status by improving textile and garments exports. It would also generate more than 100,000 jobs, he said. The Lahore Development Authority will construct 3.5 km road at a cost of Rs33.264 million from Motorway Interchange M-2 Sheikhupura to the park site in Qiampura village. The LDA has invited tenders from construction firms till June 21, 2014 for execution of the project.

PML-N MNA Javed Latif said that the country was moving forward in the right direction and the government had provided favourable environment for investment to increase foreign exchange reserves and generate job opportunities.