PAKISTAN-CHINA JOINT COOPERATION COMMITTEE APPROVES VARIOUS KEY PROJECTS

The JCC meeting reviews implementation of the CPEC project in detail.

The sixth meeting of Pakistan-China Joint Cooperation Committee of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has concluded with the approval of a number of important development projects.

Briefing media after the conclusion of the meeting in Beijing on Thursday evening, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said the meeting reviewed the implementation of the CPEC project in detail. The meeting expressed satisfaction that by the cooperation of the leadership of both the countries and the implementing departments CPEC is moving ahead successfully.

He said that the meeting expressed satisfaction that 8000 MW of power projects have been started and work is underway. He said the government of Pakistan is working on 10,000 MW power projects, which would be completed by 2018 and CPEC will have 50 percent contribution in this initiative.

The JCC also approved the transmission line for the power projects completed under CPEC. He said through this transmission line the power will be transmitted to South from the projects started in North. He said that a working group was constituted to carry forward the work on Bhasha Dam to be built on Indus River.

He said the transport infrastructure group expressed satisfaction on two big projects including Multan-Sukkur project and Karakorum Project from Havelian to Thakot where work is underway with full speed. He said commitment was made to start work at the earliest on two projects Gwadar East Bay Expressway and New Gwadar Airport and Chinese side assured full cooperation in this regard.

He said both the sides agreed for early start of the Railway project from Karachi-Peshawar and Chinese experts will visit Pakistan next month for its final approval. He said under the transport infrastructure, rail based mass transit projects were approved for all the provincial capitals under which Peshawar greater circular railway, Quetta circular railway, Karachi circular railway and Lahore Orange line train projects were included in the CPEC framework. He said the meeting agreed for early start of rehabilitation work on the 136 km section of Thakot dry port at Karakorum highway. He said that Khuzdar Baseema road that links Gwadar with Khuzdar has also been approved. He said that approval has also been given to dualize the Dera Ismail Khan and Zhob Road.

Ahsan Iqbal CPEC will not be limited to development projects but people to people contacts will also be enhanced.

He said that after the conclusion of the meeting, CPEC will be extended to all the parts of the country and every citizen of the country will reap the fruit of this project.

He said the presence of Chief Minister of different provinces has strengthened the CPEC project. He thanked the Chinese leadership for extending complete cooperation for the early completion of the CPEC projects.

Ahsan Iqbal said that under CPEC, eight industrial zones will be set up in each province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Gwadar free zone.

Earlier addressing the meeting Ahsan Iqbal said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has become the biggest project of regional and international connectivity.

Ahsan Iqbal said the speedy implementation of the mega project is the outcome of stupendous efforts on part of the leadership of the two countries.

He said Pakistan and China have recently signed an agreement on North to South Transmission Line, which will be linked with energy projects.

Source: Radio Pakistan