ISLAMABAD - The Capital Development Authority would soon develop more auction platforms, truck stands and allied facilities as part of expansion plan of Islamabad Fruit and Vegetable Market.

The expansion planned in wake of increasing trade and business volume involving traders not only of different areas of the country but also from across the region including India and Central Asia. During a visit, Chairman Prime Minister Task Force on Islamabad Faisal Sakhi Butt said due to its strategic location, the fruit and vegetable market does not only play an active role to promote trade activities in twin cities but also gives boost to country’s economy. Relevant officers of the CDA, Islamabad Capital Administration and office bearers of traders association were also present on the occasion who highlighted the issues. The Task Force head visited different sections and facilities of the market and listened the complaints and faced by the people visiting the markets.

He directed the CDA to remove encroachments from the market creating problems for the visitors and impeding business activities, besides painting ugly picture of the city.

Faisal Butt also directed the up-gradation and revamping of the sewerage system and replacement of the non-functional sewerage lines, placing manhole covers and ensuring the smooth flow of the sewage. “The filth and waste being dumped in market’s surrounding be removed immediately,” he directed. 

Talking to the people, Butt said Islamabad Fruit And Vegetable Market has transformed into a regional business hub as traders from four provinces, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA are doing business in this market in addition to those coming here from India and Central Asian region. He directed the CDA to expand the market to make it attractive for the businessmen and develop it as Model Market of the country.

Besides, he asked the CDA to plan covered platforms and a separate area for sugarcane trading, besides developing spacious parking place. He also called upon traders to join hand with authorities concerned for up-gradation and development of this pioneer and largest market of the region. “Islamabad is also the gateway to world’s two greatest and oldest trade routes called the Afghan Transit Trade and the Silk Route leading to China,” said Fasial Butt.