Gwadar’s new airport to be operational in September 2023

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27th Aug, 2021. 10:35 am

ISLAMABAD: The new Gwadar International Airport will be fully operational in September 2023, an official said.

The Aviation secretary informed the Parliamentary Committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that the progress on the new Gwadar International Airport (NGIA) was on track.

The meeting of the committee was presided over by its chairman Sher Ali Arbab.

Arbab stressed that Gwadar was the gateway to CPEC and undeniably important in entire rationale behind CPEC.

“We have to place it at high priority; therefore, no effort should be spared in resolving all the outstanding issues of clean water, electricity, infrastructure and livelihoods faced by the people of Gwadar,” he said.

The Gwadar Port Authority chairman said all the efforts regarding completion of the Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute are on track and the project will be completed in December 2021.

The Gwadar Port Authority is also consulting with NAVTTC, Tevta and China to devise a broad curriculum for the institute.

The committee said while keeping in view the existing and future skills required, the curriculum for the institute should be devised in a way that there must not be any gap between the skills required and offered in the institute.

The committee also directed the relevant departments to expedite the process of payments to be disbursed among the affected people of damaged houses and land acquisitions so that the people of Gwadar, who are already agitating for basic amenities of life, could be compensated.

On the agenda of Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC), D I Khan, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chairman apprised the committee that the feasibility study and the detailed engineering design of the project would be completed by March next year.

He said the project was pivotal for the agriculture sector in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and decided that the committee will convene a special follow-up meeting on the project in February next year to ensure that the given timelines are met in letter and spirit.

The committee said $1 billion grant given by China for the socioeconomic development projects under the CPEC framework should be utilised effectively by including the projects having high social impacts and high visibility.

It also directed the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives to devise a comprehensive framework through which the provinces may choose the projects, which could bring value addition and meet true sense of socioeconomic development.

MNAs Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Umar Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Raza Rabani Khar, Zahid Akram Durrani, Senators Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo and Khalida Ateeb attended the meeting.

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