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KP CM breaks ground for 257-acre Jalozai Economic Zone
'With expected private sector investment of Rs8bn, the economic zone will ensure provision of around 50,000 direct and indirect jobs'

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PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan formally performed the groundbreaking of Jalozai Economic Zone on Wednesday.

“A game-changer for the area, the 257-acre Jalozai Economic Zone, which is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), will facilitate around 50,000 direct and indirect jobs with expected private sector investment of Rs8 billion,” said a statement issued on Wednesday. “Being in the proximity of the provincial capital and adjacent to the engineering university campus and new housing scheme, the economic zone offers promising potential to the private investors and entrepreneurs who either intend to expand their existing businesses or to come up with new startups. “

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony as chief guest, CM Mahmood Khan termed the development of Jalozai EZ “highly important and a dire need of the hour”, as it would not only create employment opportunities in the area but would also boost economic and industrial activities in the province.

“The provincial government is taking result-oriented measures to promote economic activities in the province with an aim to provide maximum employment opportunities to the people badly affected due to the prevailing corona situation,” the CM remarked. “We will soon announce the inauguration of other economic zones as well, including those planned in Chitral, DI Khan, Hattar etc.”

The CM informed that work on the groundbreaking of the flagship Rashakai Economic Zone was in the final stages, and that its ceremony would soon be performed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“The promotion of housing and construction sectors is among the top priorities of the PTI government and as per the vision of PM Imran Khan, concerted efforts are being made under a well-devised plan to extend maximum facilitation to private sector investors.”

Khan further informed that the provincial government had recently approved amendments in the relevant rules and regulations to make the cumbersome process of private investment easier, adding that the provincial government would provide locally produced electricity to industrial units on cheaper rates through the newly introduced wheeling system to attract more investment.

“Due to the availability of labour at local level, industries like pharmaceutical, food processing, construction, marble, granite, food packaging and furniture will benefit from investment in the new economic zone,” the CM opined.

Responding to the allegations and criticism of opposition parties against the provincial government, Mahmood khan challenged them to carry out an inquiry into any mega project of the provincial government by any investigating agency of their choice, saying that the provincial government would come out clean every time.

“Those who are enjoying power in a particular province for the last 15 year, have rendered the province into ruins, and we advise them to focus their attention on the well being of their people.”

The well placed Jalozai Economic Zone is connected to federal capital through M-1 Motorway, Torkham and Azakhel Dry Port which adds to its strategic strength. Industrial products from the Jalozi EZ could find themselves in high demand areas like Afghanistan, Central Asia, China and urban centres in the region. So far, around 400 applications have been received from private sector entrepreneurs for investment in the economic zone.

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CM orders extension of rescue services to tehsil level


Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the relief and rehabilitation department to take necessary measures to extend Rescue-1122 service to tehsil level to minimise losses of life and property in case of disasters and accidents. — APP/File


PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the relief and rehabilitation department to take necessary measures to extend Rescue-1122 service to tehsil level to minimise losses of life and property in case of disasters and accidents.

Chairing a progress review meeting of the relief department here on Monday, he said that all available resources would be utilised to strengthen the rescue services on modern lines to ensure availability of timely services to the citizens, according to a statement.

The meeting was informed that so far owners of 81,509 damaged properties in the tribal districts were paid compensation whereas additional teams were deputed for rapid process of the remaining compensations under the citizen losses compensation programme.

The meeting was told that a total of 144,615 houses were surveyed for compensation purpose. Mr Khan also directed the authorities concerned to expedite payment of compensation.

The meeting was told that a total of 5,425 projects of rehabilitation of schools, basic health units and road infrastructure were completed while work on 370 projects was underway.

Briefing the meeting about the establishment of Rescue-1122 stations in all the districts of the province, it was said that a total of 92 stations were fully functional in 32 districts of the province while a scheme was approved for setting up such stations in the remaining districts including Kolai Palas, Tor Ghar and Upper Chitral.

Regarding progress on the projects reflected in the new Annual Development Programme, it was said that PC-1s for seven development schemes reflected in the ADP of relief department were approved while work on preparation of one PC-I was in progress.

The chief minister expressed satisfaction over the overall performance of relief and rehabilitation department.
He directed the authorities concerned to ensure timely completion of all the development projects of the department.

 

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