Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is keen on initiating trade links between India and Pakistan from Hussainiwala border in Ferozepur, said Guru-Har-Sahai MLA Rana Gurmeet Sodhi on Tuesday following his recent meeting with the PM.
He added that the links would be able to boost trade in Malwa. Our crops – cotton,food grains and cement will get an open market in Pakistan. Kasur is 20 km from Hussainiwala,while Lahore is 50 km, Sodhi said.
Sodhi also requested the PM to set up one ancillary unit of BHEL in the district,which could generate employment in the area.
Sodhi alleged that though funds were being sanctioned by the Centre for border villages,but no details of expenditure was being provided,and there had been no meeting of the planning commission in the district for the past six years.
He further alleged that roads of border villages were in a sorry state,and there was lack of basic amenities,which showed that funds were being misused.
In an another development on Wednesday,trade at Attari Integrated Check Post which was suspended for the past five days over exorbitant handling charges,resumed. The stalemate between Indian traders and Central Warehousing Corporation,and Land Port Authority of India over the issue ended after a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Today,as many as 84 trucks carrying soyabean were sent to Pakistan,said Rameshwaram,CWC manager at Attari. He added that 24 trucks from Pakistan came to India with imports including,gypsum,cement,dry fruits,clinker and soda ash.