GWADAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday performed the ground breaking of Eastbay expressway in Gwadar.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the fifteen billion rupees project will provide a vital link from Gwadar to the Makran Coastal Highway.
He was confident that the expressway will be completed in the stipulated period.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the series of projects started in Gwadar reflect the unparalleled relations between China and Pakistan.
The Prime Minister expressed the confidence that the multi billion dollars CPEC will add a new dimension to the friendship between the two countries.
He said the CPEC reflects the vision of Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said the CPEC now enjoys support in all the provinces.
The Prime Minister said the first pilot free economic zone project under the CPEC will be completed this year while work on the other three is continuing.
The ground-breaking of Gwadar Airport will soon be performed while water and power problems of the area will also be addressed.
He said development of Gwadar costing 170 billion rupees is on the track. He expressed the confidence that this will transform Gwadar from a small fishing town into a city of global importance because of its geo strategic location.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi asked Balochistan government to ensure that the people of the area take full benefit from the development of Gwadar. He also emphasized the need for further development of shipbuilding industry in Gwadar.
He said that developmental projects in Gwadar and the CPEC will help provide job opportunities to hundreds of thousands of people.
Abbasi instructed the Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan to care for the aspirations of local people while completing the developmental projects in Gwadar and CPEC.
He emphatically instructed for the interest, benefits and rehabilitation of the people in all developmental projects.
The Prime Minister said that 650 kilometer lengthy from Quetta to Gwadar has already been constructed which has considerably reduced the distance of days to nearly eight hours.
He said construction work on power plants project will also soon be initiated.
The Prime Minister said that the PML (N) government takes practical’s measures for progress and prosperity of the people of the country.