7 projects worth $1.44 bln underway in Gawadar : Moot told.

GAWADAR -- A two-day media conclave and roundtable conference was told that seven projects worth $1.44 billion were underway in Gawadar, which would usher in a new era of development and prosperity in the area.

The projects included Eastbay Expressway, which was 98 per cent complete; facilities of fresh water treatment, water supply and distribution, which were 70 per cent complete; New Gwadar International Airport; Pak-China Friendship Hospital Gwadar; infrastructure of Gwadar Free Zone Phase-II; a 300 MW coal power plant and a 1.2 million gallons' desalination plant, Advisor of Maritime Affairs, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Jawad Akhtar Khokhar told the conference on 'CSR Initiatives in Gwadar (The Gateway to CPEC)'.

Giving a detailed overview of the development projects in Gwadar under various modalities, he highlighted that there were multiple CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) projects worth $2.1 billion were underway in the area so far.

Three projects worth $314 million had been completed, which included Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan, physical infrastructure of Gwadar Port and Free Zone Phase-1, and Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute, he added, said a press release.

Khokhar said under the short-term strategy, the prioritized projects included provision of water in three months and electricity in five months for Gwadar, besides completion of M-8 motorway.

The Trading Corporation of Pakistan had been authorized to import one-third cargoes at the Gwadar seaport, he added.

Highlighting long-term strategy, he said the government was aiming to build LNG (liquefied natural gas) and POL (petroleum oil and lubricants) terminals at the Gwadar Port and ensure availability of electricity, water and gas to enable phase-2 expansion of the port.

The two-day media conclave and roundtable conference was co-organized by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad and the University of Gwadar in collaboration with COPHC, Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) and Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) in the strategic port town.

The participants appreciated the initiatives taken by the China Overseas Ports Holding Company (COPHC) and other Chinese firms in Gwadar under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

However, they were of the view that effective development communication and positive engagement with local communities was critical for the effectiveness and long-term success of these projects.

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