Major Work On CPEC Projects Done By PTI Govt: Asad Umar
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Fri 17th September 2021 | 05:40 PM
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2021 ) :Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar Friday dispelled the impression of slowing down pace of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects saying that major work of the CPEC projects was completed during the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) government.
He said in first phase of CPEC, two major sectors- power and infrastructure, were under main focus.
"Power projects with installed capacity of 3,340 MW were completed during the previous government while 5,864 MW of power projects were being completed during the current government's tenure," he said while addressing a press conference here.
In infrastructure and road sector, the minister informed that the PML-N government completed 394 kilometers long motorways and highways under CPEC while the current government had so far completed 413 kms of the motorways and highways.
He said Gwdar-Hoshab road was completed by the previous government while the Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan motorway was initiated by the PML-N government who completed 42% of the project while the rest was completed by the current government.
Similarly contractor for the Zhob-Queta project had been mobilized and PC-1 of the Quetta-Khuzdar road was approved while funding for this project had already been allocated in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2021-22.
Likewise the 146 km Hoshab-Awaran road project had also been approved and contractor had been mobilized.
"In fact, real work on Western Corridor of CPEC was started during PTI government," he said adding that it did not wait for the Chinese investment and started work on the projects with its own resources under PSDP.
The minister informed the government was also starting work on the connecting roads to the Western Alignment.
Peshawar-DI Khan Motorway project is one of such projects which has recently approved.
Similarly the 460 kms Karachi-Quetta-Chaman road has also been approved and one of the portion would be completed by the government itself while the other sections of this project would be constructed under Public Private Partnership.
The minister said these connecting roads and the Wester Alignment were being built to take maximum benefit of the opportunities to be open up in Afghanistan after peace and stability prevailed in the country.
Asad Umar said after completion of first phase, we were entering in the second but very important phase of CPEC under which investment would come to a range of sectors including industrialization, agriculture, livestock, science technology, and other social sector development sectors.
He said when the current government took over, not a single Special Economic Zone (SEZ) under CPEC was operational but now two SEZs Allama Iqbal Industrial Zone in Faisalabad and Rashakai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were operational while another SEZ named Dhabeji would also be functional soon once the Sindh government has selected the contractor for the SEZ.
He said the Chinese would help Pakistani farmers in increasing per acre yield of the crops. Similarly he said the Chinese would help in removing foot and mouth disease from the the animals as this disease was the major hurdle in way of exporting Halal meat to the world.