Gwadar, 15 June, 2023 (GNP): According to the Minister of Planning, Ahsan Iqbal, Gwadar’s 18 major uplift projects were completed in a record-breaking three months.
He said this on Wednesday in Islamabad while presiding over a conference to assess the status of the Gwadar project.
The minister claimed that, following the persistent efforts of the federal government, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, particularly in Gwadar, have produced positive results.
Moreover, 637,124 metric tons of cargo have landed there from 2022 till date, which is a significant increase from the 16,207 metric tons that landed in Gwadar between 2018 and 2021, according to the minister.
The panel stated that since the current government took charge in April 2022, the CEPC has been revitalized after being ignored under the previous government.
The minister highlighted that the China-Pak Friendship Hospital, China-Pak Technical and Vocational Institute in Gwadar, the Gwadar East-bay Motorway Project, Gwadar Free Zone, and Gwadar Port, the distribution of 2000 boat engines to local fishermen and the Khuzdar-Panjgur Transmission Line (via Nag-Basima) connecting Markran with National Grid are all among the major CPEC projects in Gawadar.
He claimed that the current government had finished many projects in Gwadar, particularly those involving electricity and water that the previous government had purposefully neglected.
Furthermore, he said that the allocation of development funds for Balochistan had been doubled in the budget 2023–24, which demonstrated the federal government’s commitment to improving the province.
According to the minister, the supply of 100 megawatts of electricity from Iran would help enhance the lives and business of the residents of Gwadar.
In addition to raising public awareness about paying utility bills, the minister instructed Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) to prioritize bill recovery and reliable electricity supply to Gwadar residents.