Karachi: As per the latest news, CPEC Authority Chairman retired Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa stated that no force on Earth could sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as it was the country’s national project.
He said CPEC, as a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, had strengthened road connectivity between the two countries and would continue to do so, speaking at a ceremony at the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry here.
Mr. Bajwa said that only one part of the eastern alignment of CPEC remained, Sukkur-Hyderabad, which was also recently launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He stated that a request for proposals for this project would be completed and floated in a month under the public-private partnership model and that groundwork would then begin.
Similarly, he said that work on a road from Zhob to Quetta had begun, and that roads from Quetta to Khuzdar, Khuzdar to Awaran and Hoshab, and Khuzdar-Basima were all being built, and that they would all be linked to various parts of Balochistan and Sindh, as well as Gwadar.
According to him, the CPEC road projects will boost connectivity and create new job opportunities for people living along the roads, eventually bringing development to the region.
In terms of CPEC’s industrial growth, Mr. Bajwa said that the government had decided to launch a second phase of the Gwadar Free Zone, spanning over 2,200 acres, in response to the growing interest of foreign investors in the zone.
Overall, he said, work on the Gwadar port and other city projects was in full swing. He added that four port buses had been completed, customs had been deployed, and the port’s handling capacity had been expanded.