ISLAMABAD – The Central Development Working Group (CDWP) on Tuesday approved plans to establish three joint border markets between Pakistan and Iran in Gwadar, Kech and Panjgur.
The CDWP meeting chaired by Vice-Chairman of the Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan here approved three development projects costing Rs 0.6 billion and recommended three projects worth Rs 60, Rs 64 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for further consideration. Senior officials from the Planning Commission and federal departments / divisions also participated in the meeting, while representatives from provincial governments participated by video conference.
Projects related to the Industries & Commerce and Transport & Communications sectors were presented during the meeting. Three projects related to Industries & Commerce were approved by the CDWP. The first project presented at the forum, namely “Establishment of a joint border market in Gabd district in Gwadar, Balochistan”, is worth Rs226.585 million. The second Industries & Commerce project presented at the meeting was âEstablishment of a Joint Border Market in Mand Kech District, Balochistanâ worth Rs 183,905 million. The third project, âEstablishment of a Joint Border Market in Ghedhi Panjgur District, Balochistanâ is valued at Rs 184,501 million. These projects aim to build a border market on the Pak-Iran border with an area of ââ40,000 mÂ², the two sides will share 20,000 mÂ² of market. The project is based on a memorandum of understanding signed between the Pakistani and Iranian governments to establish six border substance markets along the Pak-Iran borders, where three markets will be established in the first phase. The project intends to promote commercial activities between local populations. Vice-Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr Mohammad Jhanzeb, said Pakistan needs to improve the business-friendly environment in border areas, especially an environment conducive to regional trade. Emphasis should be placed on government coordination, trade promotion infrastructure, automation of government-business interaction to reduce costs and increase transparency and support for implementation.
The CDWP recommended three transport and communications megaprojects to ECNEC for additional approval worth Rs 60.64 billion. The first project presented during the meeting namely “Constriction of the bypass of Rawalpindi-R3 (38.3 km) from the main roadway (MCW) from Baanth (N-5) to Thalian (M-2)” of a value of Rs23, 606.214 million. The sponsoring agency is Go PB and the executing agency is the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA). Of the total PC-I cost of Rs 23,606.21 million for the construction of the Rawalpindi bypass, the proposed federal share is Rs 15,165.47 million and the proposed share of the Punjab government is 8 440.74 million rupees. The project involves the construction of the Rawalpindi 6-lane controlled-access bypass, 38.30 km long. The Rawalpindi bypass alignment starts from the national road (N-5) in Baanth (Rawalpindi district) crosses the Chakbeli road, the Adiyala road, the Chakri road and ends at the M-2 motorway at the Thallian interchange. The scope of the work also includes the construction of drop-off interchanges (5 n Â°), bridges (2 n Â°), flyovers (1 n Â°), subways (32 n Â°), box culverts (34 n Â° ), Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), fence on both sides of the right-of-way, toll stations and weighbridges.
The second project presented at the meeting, namely âLand Acquisition for Lai Expressway & Flood Channel, Rawalpindi (GS No.6529)â is worth Rs24.960 million. The PC-I envisages the acquisition of 750 kanals of land to provide the cleared right-of-way (right-of-way) for the construction of the Lai Nullah highway and flood canal project (the whole of Nullah Lai spanning 16 , 5 km, i.e. from the Katarian Bridge to the Soan River near the High Court) which would be an integral part of the Rawalpindi transport network alongside flood mitigation and sewage disposal . The scope and cost also include compensation to be provided to built properties and costs for travel and compensation for downtime.
The third project presented at the meeting, namely ââ Feasibility Study and Construction of 10th Avenue âofâ IJP Road to Srinagar Highway Islamabad âis worth Rs12.080 million. According to the master plan, 10th Avenue is an integral part of the Islamabad road network. The project was planned to provide better circulation facilities, save travel time and vehicle operating costs, avoid inconvenience to the general public, avoid safety hazards, reduce the risk of accidents and, ultimately, the project will be useful in reducing air and noise. pollution due to reduced congestion. The road will also connect the dry rail port, the Islamabad industrial zone and the new Islamabad international airport via the Srinagar highway. It is also envisaged that traffic from the N-5 via Margalla Road will also use this road to reach the center of the Twin City and the industrial area which will be the closest approach.