PESHAWAR: The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority has included 6 key projects of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the upcoming meeting of Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of CPEC.
However, the KP government has sent a request to the chairman of CPEC Authority to include nine additional projects in the CPEC portfolio. The much-awaited meeting of the JCC has been convened on Friday (July 16) in which the projects will be formally approved. The JCC meeting will be held after a gap of one and a half years, the last JCC meeting was held in November 2019.
While expressing his satisfaction over the meeting of the JCC of CPEC, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mehmood Khan said that in the past KP was ignored in CEPC projects, other provinces were given more projects but this time KP government has made all preparations. “Although six projects of KP have been included in the agenda but we have requested an additional nine projects to be included in the portfolio,” the CM said.
“The feasibility of almost all the projects has been completed. The construction of roads would provide better transport facilities to the people of the province. DIK Motorway and Dir Expressway have already been approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP)”, he said
Mahmood Khan said the mega projects would provide better transportation facilities for the people and help in the province’s sustainable development. The Chashma Right Bank Canal is a 40-year-old project that will revolutionise the southern districts and make the province self-sufficient in wheat.
He said China is a time-tested friend of Pakistan and CPEC is a great example of Pak-China friendship. The flagship project of CPEC Rasakai Special Economic Zone (SEZ) would boost industrial activities and create employment opportunities in the province.
According to data available with this scribe, the four road infrastructures, one industrial zone, and one education project have already been included in the portfolio. PTI flagship project Rasakai SEZ has been placed at the top of the agenda which has already been inaugurated by the prime minister.
Rasakai SEZ will boost industrial activities and create employment opportunities in the province. The second project is the 214km CPEC western route Gilgit, Shandur-Chitral-Chakdara-M1. This will further improve the road connectivity between Pakistan and China.
Similarly, two other road infrastructure projects included in the upcoming JCC are 30km Dir-Chakdara Motorway and Mirpur-Muzaffarabad-Mansehra road.
Another important transport infrastructure project is Peshawar-DI Khan Motorway, also known as the Western Route of CPEC. Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute at Haripur is also a part of Friday’s JCC meeting.
The KP government has requested the CPEC Authority chairman to include at least nine additional projects.
These projects include.........................
the construction of a 500KV transmission line 225km Chitral to Chakdara with 2 grid stations, Swat Expressway from Chakdara to Fatehpur Phase II,
Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC),
Darband Special Economic Zone DI Khan (as a replacement to Mohmand Marble city),
Toren More Kari HPP,
Jameshil Toren More HPP,
Tank Zam Dam, Kumrat Cable Car,
and construction/blacktopping/widening/improvement of Mastuj Broghal Pass road, District Upper Chitral.
With the preparatory work completed, the Balakot Hydropower Development Project is now ready to move ahead that would generate over 1200 new jobs, about 40 percent of which will be sourced locally, the Asian Development Bank said in a statement.
It said the project would also provide livelihood skills training for women. “Water indeed can serve as an engine of economic growth for Pakistan,” the statement added.
On 30 March 2021, ADB approved a $300 million loan to finance the construction of the 300-megawatt plant. The plant will incorporate seismic strengthening and climate-proofing measures and is scheduled to start operating by 2027.
The first coordination meeting was held among Contractor's Joint Venture group comprises of China Gezhouba Group Company Limited (#CGGC) & Ghulam Rasool & Company (#GRC).
The agenda of the meeting was to study initial planning for project execution. The higher management of both Contracting firms were present during the meeting.
Photo Credits: GRC Private Limited
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KP government to establish 10 new economic zones, 19 industrial units under new Industrial Policy
July 28, 2021
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would establish 10 economic zones and 19 small industrial estates during the next 10 years whereas at least two more special economic zones will be set up in the next five years under the new industrial policy.
According to an official handout issued here o Tuesday, the small industrial estates in Abbottabad, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Dara Adamkhel, Khyber and Mardan would be declared special economic zones.
The decision was made in a meeting held here with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair. The meeting formally approved an action plan for implementation of Industrial Policy, 2020.
The meeting also approved formation of a 15-member implementation and oversight committee. Special assistant to chief minister on industries will head the committee to monitor and supervise enforcement process of the new industrial policy.
The meeting was informed that under the new policy concrete steps would be taken for the revival of sick industries in the province whereas provision of uninterrupted utilities to industrial units would also be ensured.
In order to utilise indigenous resources in industrial sector, 10 new economic zones would be set up in the various areas of the province including Chitral, Ghazi, Daraban, Swat and Buner.
It is pertinent to mention here that a number of economic zones including Rashakai Special Economic Zone, Jalozai Economic Zone, Nowshera Economic Zone (extension), Mohmand Economic Zone (Marble City) and Dera Ismail Khan Economic Zone have already been inaugurated.
Sector-specific economic zones will also be set up in various districts of the province. Construction of approach roads to industrial units, efficient waste management and development of other allied infrastructure are also part of the new industrial policy.
In order to support and encourage existing and new entrepreneurs in the province, credit incentives will be extended to them. A state-of-the-art training centre will also be established in Dara Adamkhel to promote cottage industry in the province.
Addressing the participants of the meeting, the chief minister said that government was taking pragmatic steps to create employment opportunities for people by promoting industrial and investment activities in the province.
He said that electricity produced at local level through hydel power projects was being provided to industries at concessional rates. He added that investors were being provided with all the facilities through one window service.
The chief minister directed all the departments concerned that to timely issue ‘no objection certificate’ required for setting up new industries to avoid unnecessary delay in the establishment of new industrial units under the policy.
Kumrat To Have World’s longest and Highest Cable Car: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is planning to build the world’s largest and highest cable car in the Kumrat valley of the Upper Dir district.
CM Mahmood Khan presided over a meeting of the Tourism Department when the decision was made. Permission was granted for a full feasibility assessment and engineering design at the meeting.
The 14-kilometre project will link the Kumrat and Madaklasht valleys in Lower Chitral. According to the planners, the projected cable line would be the world’s longest and highest cable car, attracting eight million local and international tourists to the province.
Aside from the cable car, there will be a parking lot, a restaurant, and other ancillary services. They stated at the conference that the project would provide employment chances for residents and stimulate economic activity in the province. According to the session, the primary characteristics of the cable car project were described, and the estimated cost was expected to be around Rs32 billion.
The gathering was also informed that the project’s feasibility study would take five to six months to complete. According to documents, the cable car will most likely cost Rs500 per person, and the parking facility will hold roughly 500 automobiles at a time.
Peshawar-D.I Khan Motorway project to be put on the table during upcoming JCC
August 12, 2021
During a review meeting prior to the Joint Coordination Committee meeting, the Chief Minister of KP, Mahmood Khan was informed that the Peshawar-D.I Khan Motorway will be added to the list of CPEC projects. The meeting also reviewed progress on mega projects in the road sector including Peshawar-DI Khan Motorway, Dir Motorway and progress on the construction of Swat Motorway Phase-II.
The meeting was attended by the additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, Communications and Works Secretary Ijaz Ansari, and other senior officials who were briefed about the progress made on various projects. CM Khan said that these projects are essential for the province.