China Envisions Gwadar as ‘Port City’


Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s Minister of Planning, Development and Reform, has announced that Gwadar is to be made into a ‘smart port city’.

According to the Express Tribune, Ahsan Iqbal said the speed of development at Gwadar would increase with every project coming on the ground under the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor.

The economic corridor aims to connect Gwadar Port with Xinjing in China using pipelines, highways, and railways. An investment formula has already been proposed for the project by the Pakistani and Chinese governments.

Iqbal said: “The corridor is spread over entire Pakistan from south to north having several projects on energy, infrastructure, health, education and clean drinking water.

“It will be developed due to its own unique geographical location and will complement other ports within and outside Pakistan through existing regional infrastructure.”

The project will be split into two phases; the first will link the existing motorway from Lahore to Peshawar with the motorway from Lahore to Karachi through a series of road networks.

Iqbal concluded: “The second phase of the corridor, envisaging road connectivity between Gwadar, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, will also be started as the pace of development and traffic increases.”

(Source: Zameen)

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