Nooriabad Industrial Estate, despite ideally located
on the right and left bank of super highway, the main trunk road between
Karachi and Hyderabad, failed to achieve the desired level of industrial
development during past two decades.
It become a neglected or deserted area as most of the
investors left after closing down their units mainly due to rampant
corruption, extremely bad law and order situation and other crimes
including kidnapping for ransom. The investors were left at the mercy of
the dacoits. Obviously, the investors had no choice but to leave the
area. Some of the units however managed to survive and continued to
operations of their units.
It was the fear of kidnapping and hold ups in broad
day light that forced the investors to pull the shutters down of their
industrial units in the past. The octroi people also looted the
investors with both hands. They were free to extort on the pretext of
levying octroi tax at their whims on the raw material as well as
finished goods coming in or going out of the industrial area. All these
ills have made Nooriabad what it is today, even after two decades.
Had this area allowed developing, the actual
beneficiaries could be the local people because of the economic
development of Nooriabad which ultimately helped social and economic
development of the country.
The situation, however, seems taking a positive
change. The government is taking special interest to restore the
confidence of the investors by bringing stability in the area. Day and
night patrolling of the highway police gives a sense of security to the
commuters. The confidence of the investors is reflected in surfacing of
prestigious resorts, road side motels, and other places of recreations
attracting visitors from Karachi as well as from Hyderabad.
Senate Chairman Mohammadmian Soomro had recently laid
foundation stone of the Rice Export Free Zone being set up by the Rice
Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) in Nooriabad which would sure
to help enhancing pace of development in that area.
Speaking on the occasion, Senate Chairman said that
government attaches great expectations with Nooriabad estate, which has
received considerable investment recently due to improved law and order
situation in the country.
About 42 industrial units are operating in the estate
while 34 units including 8 textile mills are under construction. Soomro
said that the growth of industries would create job opportunities and
eliminate un-employment, which is the biggest problem faced by the
He said that Nooriabad provides best infrastructure
facilities to industrialists. The estate has received gas after 20 years
and a new water pipeline is being laid to supply water from Kinjhar
Close proximity of Nooriabad to Port Qasim is an
added advantage to the exporters.
REAP Chairman Rahim Janoo thanked chairman senate for
taking interest in setting up rice export zone at Nooriabad and
requested the government to name the road leading to the zone as
Mohammadmian Soomro Avenue. The senate chairman later lay downs the
foundation of Mustafa Mosque. The REAP chairman also announced to set up
a school for children of the area.
Under the revival program of Nooriabad, the
government has decided to allocate 3,000 acres more land for Nooriabad
industrial estate for setting up new industrial units.
As a result of government efforts, this area has
started attracting the local and foreign investors to set up their units
in Nooriabad which is now fully developed with all necessary facilities.
Recently, a gas pipeline was laid to supply natural gas to the
manufacturing units. Nooriabad gas project involves 23 km long
transmission pipeline and a distribution network of 10.2 km, costing
A plan to connect Nooriabad industrial estate with
the Port Qasim is also under study of the government, which would be an
added advantage to the export oriented industries in Nooriabad.
Reasonable funds have also been allocated for Nooriabad water supply
projects, and hopefully the industrial estate would soon be provided a
proper water supply system.
Dr. Ishrat ul Ibad, the Governor of Sindh who
recently visited Nooriabad Industrial Estate said that gas facility had
already been provided to industrialists and provision of water,
improvement of infrastructure and health and education facilities would
also be provided on war footings.
Dr. Ibad said that water supply pipeline was being
laid at a cost of Rs30 million and added that another pipeline would
also be laid from Kinjhar Lake to meet the future requirements of the
Sindh government was determined to provide all
facilities including financial and technical to encourage investment and
root out unemployment from the society, he pledged. Timely steps to
improve law and order situation had restored the confidence of the
investors, which was evident from the fact that all the plots available
at Nooriabad site had been sold out for industrial purposes.