Judicious compensation to metro bus project affected traders: Hanif Abbasi

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RAWALPINDI: Metro bus project Chairman Hanif Abbasi and Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed on Thursday reiterated that judicious compensation to the affected traders, and reasonable payment of land would be ensured for setting up bus terminals, in consultation with the trade bodies.“All possible measures would be taken for compensating the affected traders of the mass transit project, and price of the acquired land would be fixed in consultation with the trade bodies, keeping in view, all rules and regulations,” they said in a meeting held to review the process of land acquisition for the project. Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Chairman Shimail Daud, presidents of Anjuman-e-Tajran, Moti Bazar, and local leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Ziaullah Shah, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall, and the officials concerned attended the meeting.Highlighting various aspects of the much-awaited public transport service, Abbasi assured that all reservations of the business community would be removed. He said that latest machinery has been acquired to remove dirt and make the bus route dust-free, adding there would be no need of sprinkling water. The commissioner said that representatives of the trade bodies would be included in the security and safety committees set up to monitor the pace of development on three construction sites/packages of the project. He said that the construction work on the Murree Road regarding the project is being done at a fast pace, and all the required measures are being taken to minimise pollution along the route.The RCCI representatives and trade bodies apprised the meeting of the apprehensions of the affected traders, and gave suggestions to redress their grievances. Welcoming the appointment of Abbasi as Chairman of the metro bus project, they expressed complete confidence in him, saying that he would ensure protecting all legal rights of the business community. 

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