The rains that lashed the city in the past few days may have brought a welcome respite from the scorching heat, but they have also led to the problem of water-logging at the joint Indo-Pak Check Post (ICP) at Attari border, causing anguish and discontent among traders here, including importers of gypsum from Pakistan.
Anguished at the damage to their goods, the traders here, under the banner of the Confederation of International Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CICCI), whose members deal in import of gypsum from Pakistan, have written to the Land Port Authority of India (LPAI), urging it to take steps to tackle the problem of water-logging at the ICP.
In a letter to the LPAI Chairman, the CICCI, whose members visited the unprotected stockyard at the ICP on Wednesday, found that a large area receiving gypsum was submerged under rainwater. A CICCI spokesperson said gypsum constituted a major chunk of imports from Pakistan.
"It provides huge revenue but the dismal conditions at the ICP will surely trigger a major fall in its imports and our members would lose not only goodwill but would suffer financially too," he wrote.
He said the LPAI had assured the traders that concrete flooring would be constructed to handle loading and unloading of gypsum as during the last rains too the traders had faced financial loses.
The CICCI spokesperson said the time had come that the LPAI or whoever was responsible would compensate losses suffered by CICCI members. "We wish to say that there are very strict norms for quality, which demand complete adherence to standards and any drop in purity or mixing with soil is deducted from the bills," he maintained.
Seeking an urgent response in this regard, he urged the LPAI authorities to rush to the ICP to take stock of the situation and work out alternative sites to protect the imports, which faced the danger of damage due to water-logging.