Rawalpindi: A total of 41 requests from corporations requesting to begin new enterprises in Rawalpindi were received by the newly established Business Facilitation Centre (BFC) over the past week.
Twenty of these firms have been granted Non-Objection Certificates (NOCs), with the remaining applications undergoing further processing.
The formal inauguration of the BFC is still in the works, even though it is operational. The inauguration was originally scheduled for a week before its postponement due to a change in strategy by the interim chief minister a few hours before the event.
To assist the investors, these departments have opened their counters; therefore, they may submit fees for NOCs from various departments; and all departments will deliver the NOCs within seven days.
According to a senior RDA official, all building plans associated with commercial or industrial zones will receive sanction from the relevant departments within a week, assuming no legal obstacles arise in the industry. According to him, this one-window operation will ensure that all pre-business formalities are fulfilled.
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Furthermore, he stated, “It will aid in the stimulation of economic activity in this region, which will ultimately assist individuals in securing local employment opportunities.”
Thursday, in the interim, Commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatha reviewed the ongoing operations at the BFC established by the Rawalpindi Development Authority.
It was reported to the commissioner that the centre had been operational for the previous week. He was apprised that the centre has received a total of 41 applications, of which 20 have been granted NOCs and the remaining ones are still undergoing processing.
The commissioner submitted a formal request to develop a parcel of land situated on Defence Road, Mauza Morgah, into a petrol station commercial enterprise. As an effort to enhance the business climate in Rawalpindi, Mr Chatha observed that BFC was equipped with every resource necessary to assist and fulfil the requests of the business community within the allotted time frame.
He stated that the business community has benefited from the centre’s establishment because they now have access to all facilities in one location, rather than having to visit multiple departments before commencing operations.
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