Gwadar airport to be open sky: Shaukat
Says Coastal Highway being extended to Iran; inaugurates desalination plant
By Khalid Mustafa
GWADAR: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Monday the operationalisation of the Gwadar port would not only bring prosperity to the people of Balochistan but also improve the economic outlook of the whole of the country.
Inaugurating the water desalination plant here, Shaukat termed the inauguration of the Gwadar on Tuesday (today) a “historic and significant” event. “The people of Balochistan will benefit a lot from this port.
The development of the port; industrial zones and new international airport will change the economic landscape of the whole region also,” he said. “The Gwadar airport will be an open-sky airport,” the prime minister disclosed.
Shaukat said when the Gwadar port project was conceived about five years ago, there were two major impediments — provision of fresh water and electricity. “Provision of the fresh water is a government priority, but in the case of Gwadar, the private sector took a praiseworthy initiative to install the desalination plant here,” he added.
Shaukat commended Sadruddin Hashwani, the Chief Executive of the Hashoo group, for initiating the first ever private sector desalination plant project in the country.
“This is the only project, which has been executed by the private sector ... that is a praiseworthy initiative,” he said, adding that the government was also importing electricity from Iran to make the Gwadar port a success.
Highlighting the importance of the Costal Highway, the prime minister said that it was being extended to the Iranian town of Gabt. “From Gebt, it will be connected to the Iranian highways network. This will provide access to Europe also,” he maintained.
Shaukat also said that the Coastal Highway would also be extended to Jiwani, which he termed the most beautiful area of Balochistan. “It would also help develop the tourism industry in the province,” he added. The Gwadar desalination plant is completed at a cost of Rs 120 million. Under the project, about 200,000 gallons per day of fresh water will be supplied to the town.http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=47621