Gwadar air­port be­ing con­structed at cost of $260 mil­lion

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Gwadar In­ter­na­tional Air­port to be ca­pa­ble of han­dling the largest of pas­sen­ger planes in­clud­ing the A380 Boe­ing jet, is be­ing con­structed at a cost of US$ 260 mil­lion at Gwadar, Balochis­tan prov­ince. The amount for the air­port is a full grant from the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Corridor (CPEC) was in­formed in its re­cently held meet­ing here.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has given a grant of $ 10 mil­lion dol­lars for build­ing the Pak­istan-China Vo­ca­tional and Tech­ni­cal Train­ing In­sti­tute aimed at help­ing lo­cal pop­u­la­tion of Gwadar get­ting skills and em­ploy­ment. The Chair­man, Gwadar Port Au­thor­ity also in­formed the com­mit­tee 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 was grow­ing in- ter­est among in­vestors both in Pak­istan and abroad for in­vest­ment in the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone. With these new in­cen­tives, the Gwadar port is also be­ing ac­ti­vated and three new ships will ar­rive from China this month, bring­ing con­struc­tion ma­te­rial.

Re­gard­ing the pro­vi­sion of elec­tric­ity for Gwadar, the com­mit­tee was in­formed that as a re­sult of an agree­ment with an Ira­nian com­pany, an ad­di­tional 100 MW of elec­tric­ity would be avail­able for Gwadar by the end of 2017. Chair­man of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee Sen­a­tor Mushahid Hus­sain said, the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee in its work­ing was guided by three 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 de­ci­sions taken at 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. The chair­man NHA briefed the com­mit­tee in de­tail re­gard­ing the progress be­ing made on the Western route which he said would be com­pleted by Au­gust 2018.

Work on it was al­ready un­der­way at dif­fer­ent seg­ments and this would ini­tially be a mod­ern 4-lane high­way which would even­tu­ally be up­graded into a 6-lane mo­tor­way, for which plan­ning was un­der­way. Al­lo­ca­tions have al­ready been made and con­struc­tion is un­der­way on the fast track for the con­struc­tion of the Western route which, the Chair­man, NHA un­der­lined would be com­pleted a year ear­lier than the Eastern route since pri­or­ity was be­ing ac­corded to the Western route in ac­cor­dance with the de­ci­sion of All Par­ties Con­fer­ence of May 28, 2015 as well as the di­rec­tive of the Prime Min­is­ter is­sued in Jan­uary 2016 on con­struct­ing the Western route on pri­or­ity.

The Com­mit­tee di­rected the Min­istry of Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment to pre­pare a pro­jec­tion of re­quire­ment for elec­tric­ity for Gwadar and Balochis­tan as a whole.

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