Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday directed the officials concerned to evolve a plan of model market with the cooperation of local and Punjab government on selected sections and the same should later be replicated in other provinces.
Chairing a high-level meeting regarding policy on street vendors and small markets on railway land, here at Railways Headquarters, he said that commercial activity would only be allowed after clearence on closed and non-operational sections as security and safety remains prime concern of Pakistan Railways. The Minister was briefed by Director Property and Land Arshad Salam Khattak on the issue. It was discussed in the meeting that Pakistan Railways should devise a complete working plan for remedial management of unauthorized small and medium enterprises on railways land.
Railways companies like REDEMCO, RAILCOP, Property and land department should prepare a detailed policy in consultation with local and provincial governments.
Street vendors were integral part of urban economy and the plan would not only provide main source of income to millions of street vendors but also generate revenue for Pakistan Railways.
There is a need to move towards modernization of public markets and these model markets for small street vendors would uplift their working ambience and by offering wide range of products at cheaper rates would facilitate public as well.
He said Pakistan Railways would not empower individuals by leasing them out its precious land for commercial purposes.
While chairing a high level meeting on policy on street vendors and small markets on Railways land, Khawaja Saad Rafique also directed his team to prepare a plan of model market in collaboration with local government in Punjab on selected sections and then the same may be replicated in other provinces, said a press release issued here.
In the meeting, he was briefed by Director Property and Land Arshad Salam Khattak on the issue at Railways Headquarters Lahore.