Almost nine years after it was closed for security reasons in 2014, the government has decided to reopen the Taftan Bazarcha Business Gateway on a trial basis beginning fromt Saturday.
Officials report that the heads of Pakistan Customs, the National Logistic Cell, and the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) have arrived in Taftan to make arrangements for the reopening of the gateway.
The QCCI has long demanded that the Bazarcha Gateway be reopened.
They claimed that the closure had a negative impact on small businesses and deprived locals of employment.
President Haji Abdullah Achakzai, Senior Vice President Haji Agha Gul Khilji, and Vice President Syed Abdul Ahad Agha of the QCCI inaugurated the trial restoration of commercial activities on Friday.
The reopening of the Bazarcha Gateway, according to Mr. Agha, will be a breath of new air for local businesses.
He expressed optimism that the gate will soon be opened for regular commerce, providing a boost to the local economy and employment opportunities.
QCCI had previously inked a contract with Pakistan Customs for the construction of a business terminal, border fencing, and other projects in Bazarcha.
The Federal Board of Revenue, the NLC, the QCCI, the local communities, and the police have also arranged for the reopening of the gateway.