Ahsan Iqbal directs to complete CPEC Long Term Plan

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning,
Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a national agenda and had been put into implementation in record time due to total commitment of both Pakistani and Chinese leadership.

He expressed satisfaction over progress of CPEC projects and directed for finalization of Long Term Plan (LTP) of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at the earliest in consultation with the provinces.

Federal ministries and provinces should come up with their
next agenda of projects for the long term plan of CPEC in next fifteen days.

The Minister issued these directions while chairing high level
fortnightly review meeting of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform.

He also directed ministries to submit the anticipated future
disbursement plan of CPEC projects included in PSDP of next
financial year to ensure smooth releases for projects.
While reviewing the energy project in CPEC, Ahsan Iqbal asked Ministry of Water & Power to present an integrated plan for generation, transmission and distribution for next three year within one week to ensure that new power will be distributed to consumers in a planned manner.

He said fast track work on these projects is necessary to
tackle the energy crisis and power needs of industrial zones in future under CPEC.

He said that with the completion of the energy projects in
early harvest projects, 10,000 MGW would be added in national grid by 2018.

Meeting was appraised that work on Bin Qasim Power Plant, Thar Power Plant and Sahiwal Power Plant is on track and these would be completed as per the schedule.

While reviewing the Gwadar component of CPEC, Ahsan Iqbal directed the concerned authorities to consider urban planning requirements while devising Master Plan for Gwadar and also called for enforcing the land zoning laws to check the mushroom growth of housing societies in the port city.

He also directed to finalize the plan to switch Gwadar Power
Plant from coal to LNG/oil on urgent basis to meet the urgent energy needs of the port city and directed to carry out the work on Gwadar International Airport and Gwadar Sea Port projects on fast track basis.

The Minister urged to develop Thar as Model City. The economic activity in Thar should not be geared to earn the profits only but should also focus on economic and social uplift of the area.

“We should not repeat the mistake made in Sui” he added.
Meeting reviewed the progress on projects in energy, road
infrastructure, railway and Gwadar under CPEC framework.
Ahsan Iqbal directed to keep momentum in the construction work on CPEC projects to ensure their completion in stipulated time frame.

He emphasized that smarter and scientific approach should be adopted while carrying out the work on CPEC projects and urged for mobilizing the required financial resources promptly for smooth execution of work on these projects.

Meeting also reviewed KKH-II (Thakot-Havalaian section) and Multan-Sukhur Section of Karachi-Peshawar Motorway, Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line, ML-1 Railway Track, etc. and expressed satisfaction over progress on CPEC projects.