Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday reviewed progress on various projects being undertaken under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with a special focus on energy, roads and railway infrastructure development.
Chairing the meeting of Cabinet Committee on CPEC at his office, the prime minister also reviewed preparation for the visit of the senior-level official delegation to China in pursuant to the 7th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting held in Islamabad on November 21, 2017. The meeting reviewed progress on various projects including the M-1 project, Karachi Circular Railway and establishment of Special Economic Zones in various parts of the country.
Secretary Power Division briefed the meeting about various power sector projects including 300 MW Gwardar Power Project to be set-up for catering to the power needs of Gawadar and the adjacent areas. The meeting was also briefed about the progress on the establishment of transmission lines to off-take power from various generation sources.
The NHA chairman briefed the meeting about progress on various road infrastructure projects including construction of Raikot-Thakot road, Khuzdar-Basima road, upgradation of DI Khan-Zhob road and other projects.
The prime minister directed that besides expediting work on ongoing projects, modalities for mutually-agreed future projects be finalized in consultation with Chinese to ensure their timely implementation.
The prime minister directed that Chinese side be proactively engaged in the speedy establishment of prioritized Special Economic Zones. He directed that various factors including connectivity, availability of human resource and requisite raw material should also be taken into account while prioritizing setting up of these zones.
The prime minister said that early implementation and completion of CPEC projects remains the foremost priority of the government in view of their huge socio-economic benefits for the country.
He also directed that the Board of Investment and other federal government departments should actively engage provincial governments for ensuring timely completion of various CPEC-related projects.
© Pakistan Press International, source Asianet-Pakistan