Cutlery Makers Demand Arts and Crafts Village in Wazirabad – Journal

GUJRAT: Manufacturers of stainless steel cutlery and utensils in Wazirabad demand an arts and crafts village for local artisans.

At least 800 cutlery workshops are currently working in small rented businesses as well as houses in the city’s residential localities. There are reports that a plan has been proposed for the establishment of the arts and crafts village.

Khalid Mughal, president of the Pakistan Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of Stainless Steel Cutlery and Utensils (PSUMEA), told Dawn that although the exact site has not yet been selected, the association had proposed the creation of such a village along the Dhaunkal bypass, near the town of Wazirabad.

The proposal, he claimed, was first discussed with the divisional administration of Gujranwala, after which it was sent to the Department of Planning and Development where at least two meetings were held between representatives of the association and the authorities concerned.

The proposed arts and crafts village would have workshops on at least 10 marlas each which could promote the Wazirabad-based cutlery industry in line with the demands of world markets, Mughal said and added that there had great potential for improving cutlery exports by building the capacity of local artisans and industrialists.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan called on the relevant authorities in the federal capital and the Punjab to promote the Wazirabad-based cottage industry to the level of small and medium-sized enterprises for which practical measures were needed.

The arts and crafts village project initially requires at least Rs1bn and the Punjab government has been asked to approve the funds.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of Gujranwala gave instructions to the deputy commissioner to select the land for the establishment of the buildings of the worker protection school and the government business college in Wazirabad, as these educational institutions operate in rented buildings.

Posted in Dawn, January 12, 2022

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