To elevate Rawalpindi’s status as a bustling business hub, Commissioner Liaquat Chatha has set the wheels in motion for the city’s transformation into a dedicated business district. The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has been given a clear directive to identify a suitable location for this purpose within the next fifteen days.
Plans to Establish a Business District
During a visit to RDA-owned land, Commissioner Liaquat Chatha outlined plans for the establishment of a state-of-the-art Business Facilitation Centre. The objective behind this initiative is to bolster the business environment in collaboration with Rawalpindi’s development partners. Present during the visit were key figures including Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce (RCCI) President Saqib Rafique, Additional RDA Director General Owais Manzoor Tarar, RDA Chief Engineer Muhammad Anwar Baran, and other officials.
Commissioner Chatha underscored the practical steps being taken to designate Rawalpindi as a dedicated business district, with the ultimate goal of showcasing the nation’s economic prowess on the global stage. The Business Facilitation Centre is poised to streamline business processes by consolidating services from various departments under one roof. It will serve as a one-stop-shop for investors, processing applications for necessary permits, with departmental representatives on hand to provide prompt assistance, thereby enhancing the city’s business ecosystem.
To expedite commercial and industrial construction approvals, Commissioner Chatha mandated a stringent timeframe of 30 days. Completion certificates and land-use changes are expected to be approved within 30 and 45 days, respectively, demonstrating a commitment to swift and efficient processes.
Commissioner Liaquat Chatha highlighted the significant achievements of the RDA, noting that within a year of its establishment, the authority has successfully attracted a total investment of Rs56.47 billion through two major auctions. He emphasized Punjab’s commitment to environmentally sustainable urban economic development through vertical infrastructure principles. Under the jurisdiction of Punjab’s Central Business District (CBD), the RDA aims to extend economic activities to other cities, including Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, and Multan, to attract investments and make substantial contributions to national development. The developments signal a promising era for Rawalpindi as it strives to become a dynamic and thriving business district in the region.