PC on CPEC seeks projection of power requirements for Gwadar, Balochistan
ISLAMABAD—The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Thursday, directed the Ministry of Planning Development and Reform to prepare a projection of requirement for electricity for Gwadar and Balochistan as a whole.
After hearing detailed arguments, the Committee unanimously directed that given the track record of FWO in construction of roads in which difficult terrain of Balochistan as well as security situation in certain parts of Balochis-tan where the FWO has already delivered, the 110 km of the Khuzdar-Bassima highway be completed also by the FWO so that the project gets underway. The Parliamentary Committee also congratulated Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, member of the Parliamentary Committee on his assumption of office of Minister for Ports & Shipping and expressed the hope that under his leadership, the Gwadar Port project would take off in the near future. The Minister for Port & Shipping as well as the Chairman, Gwadar Port Authority and the Secretary of the Minis-try of Ports & Shipping gave a comprehensive update and briefing on the development work pertaining to Gwadar port.
The informed the Committee that the Gwadar International Airport was being constructed at a cost of $ 260 mil-lion dollars, which is a full grant from the Chinese government and this would be an airport of international stan-dards capable of handling the largest of passenger planes including the A380 Boeing Jet.
Additionally, the Chinese government has given a grant of $ 10 million dollars for building the Pakistan-China Vocational & Technical Training Institute which will be helping the local population of Gwadar getting skills and employment.
The Chairman, GPA also informed that the water problem of Gwadar was being sorted out with the construction of Sawad dam where water would be provided to Gwadar through a 83 km pipeline and the water shortage of Gwadar would be resolved in that manner. A briefing was also given on the various financial incentives being provided to potential investors in the Special Economic Zone of Gwadar as a result of which there were growing interests among investors both in Pakistan and abroad for investment in the Special Economic Zone. With these new incentives, the Gwadar port has also being activated and 3 new ships will arrive from China, bringing construction material will arrive in July 2016.
Regarding the provision of electricity for Gwadar, the Committee was informed by the Ministry of Water & Power that as a result of an agreement with an Iranian company, an additional 100 MG of electricity would be available for Gwadar by the end of 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that during the visit to China, he underlined that the Parliamentary Committee, in its working, was guided by 3 key principles, namely, consensus through consultation with all political parties and provinces, transparency in projects and decision making, and inclusive development, with a focus on implementation in letter and spirit of the deci-sions taken at the All-Parties Conference held at the Prime Minister’s House on May 28, 2015.
Among these decisions, building of Western route on priority basis was agreed unanimously by all leaders and political parties, plus the rapid development of Gwadar port while ensuring that the rights of the citizens of Gwadar are fully protected.