PC on CPEC seeks pro­jec­tion of power re­quire­ments for Gwadar, Balochis­tan

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - MIAN AR­SHAD

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.

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