KARCHI - Karachi Doc Labour Board is an undying problem for KPT but it cannot be made defunct all at once since it might cause law and order situation and any such step might also discontinue the ongoing projects on the port, said Nasreen Haque. She also said that the numbers of workers on port are being reduced to 1500 from 3,000 and negotiations are also underway with World Bank for golden handshake. In addition, KPT is considering decrease in port charges and an important announcement in this regard is likely very soon, she added. The KPT chairperson told the media persons while speaking at a luncheon reception arranged by Korangi Association of Trade and industries that the expansion of Karachi Port was in progress and KPT had made preparations to install 50 MW wind power project in partnership so as to overcome the power-crisis in the city. Despite the consequences of global economic downturn, the KPT performance was satisfactory while making a new record of handling 14,000 metric ton cement in a day that was previously 8,000 to 9,000 tonnes, she added. She said that KPT managed to handle imported cargo by June 30, which gave rise to container handling by 3 percent as well and aggregately cargo handling was increased in the year 2008-09 in comparison with the previous year. She assured that container transport would not move into the city without safety locks to avoid accidents and port security force had also been directed in this regard. Despite the fact, the Sindh and Karachi City District governments are responsible for the sewerage, KPT is paying 30pc for the treatment of sewerage, however we have also signed MoU for the desalination plant and we have been working for the progress of our country and our officers have always played a pivotal role in the dispensation of pure water, electricity and other resources to this city, she said. She told that KPT provided a land of 500 acres to the city government for free but no project had been initiated on the given land while all the area in proximity with KPT were being constricted so KPT aimed at developing the area. We are developing the area so that keeping imported goods could become easier. Road and rail connection is being improved and a line in collaboration with railway is being installed so that imported goods could be transported by train. Meanwhile, Chairman Korangi Association of Trade Industries Mian Zahid Hussain said that 90 percent export of Korangi industrial area was made possible through KPT. He pressed on KPT to play its role in the development of Korangi industrial area. People belonging to business community were being charged excessively for loading and unloading, demurrage along with additional taxes. He said that it took a lot of time to receive imported goods due to which sometimes perishable goods including medicines were wasted causing a great loss. He told the press that business community had sent its proposal to the government of Pakistan but its suggestions were completely overlooked. Advisor Finance Shaukat Tareen assured the business community to meet their problems though. If the current situation persists, the target of tax collection could not be reached and will also aggravate law and order situation, he added. Karachi is the financial hub of Pakistan and business community of the whole country have their investments in different industries based in the city but it is very deplorable to see that the problems of this mega city are not being dealt on priority basis due to which industrial sector is vulnerable to impoverishment, as around 300 textile units have been shut down including 10 thousand weaving units.