Cutlery makers demand arts and crafts village in Wazirabad – Newspaper
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. Reportedly, a plan has been proposed for the establishment of the arts and crafts village.
Khalid Mughal, chairman of the Pakistan Stainless Steel Cutlery and Utensil Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PSUMEA), told Dawn that while the exact site has yet to be selected, the association has proposed the establishment 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 marla plots each which could promote the Wazirabad-based cutlery industry as per the demands of global markets, Mr. Mughal said and added that he There had been great potential for improving cutlery exports through building the capacity of local artisans and industry.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed relevant authorities in the federal capital and Punjab to promote the Wazirabad-based cottage industry to the level of small and medium 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.
In the meantime, the Commissioner of Gujranwala has given instructions to the Deputy Commissioner to select the land for the establishment of the buildings of the Workers’ Welfare School and the Government Trade College in Wazirabad, as these educational institutions operate in rented buildings.
Posted in Dawn, January 12, 2022