PM orders inquiry into criminal delay over Gwadar breakwater project

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chairing a review meeting on Balochistan development projects in Islamabad on 06 July 2022

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Wednesday said that he had ordered an inquiry into the criminal delay in Gwadar breakwater project as the Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf’s government had ignored it despite availability of grants. On his Twitter handle, the prime minister said $445m grant, $484m soft loan and feasibility were available but it baffled the mind as to how the previous government ignored the project. From energy to infrastructure, every project suffered costly delays under PTI, he added. While earlier the prime minister chaired a meeting to review different development projects in Balochistan and Gwadar. The prime minister directed the chairman PM’s inspection commission to submit a comprehensive report over such criminal negligence within one week. In a related tweet, he stressed that time for presentation was over as it was time for action. The prime minister said Gwadar was not just about infrastructure development, being part of CPEC, it had political, economic and strategic value. He further resolved that turning Balochistan’s backwardness into prosperity was his mission and their collective responsibility. Briefing the prime minister in the meeting, the secretary ministry of maritime affairs apprised the prime minister that a breakwater project at the Gwadar port under concession agreement had to be constructed for which $445 million grant and $484 million loan was provided by the Chinese government but the project hit the snags. The prime minister said that due to its location, the Gwadar port was an important and most suitable hub for the global trade. Through this port, they would have to ensure supply of imported goods from the upper and northern areas of the country. He said for this purpose, there should be best and efficient road and railway infrastructures, adding that through hard work, they would have to move ahead and remove all the deprivation of the province. The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Faisal Sabzwari, Minister for Energy Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Minister for Railways and Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique, PM’s special assistant Tariq Fatemi and other high officials. The prime minister also directed for taking of all the steps to ensure Chinese investment in Gwadar. so as to promote exports and provide employment opportunities to the people especially to the residents of the area. In this regard, the prime minister directed the chief secretary Balochistan and secretary planning to formulate a feasible plan for investment in food, agriculture and petrochemicals in consultation with the Chinese companies.

 

 

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