Ahsan urges NLC to develop logistics master plan for CPEC

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islamabad—Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Prof Ahsan Iqbal, Thursday, urged the National Logistic Cell (NLC) to develop logistics master plan for CPEC to extract maximum benefits from this mega project. Chairing meeting of National Logistic Board (NLB) here, he said that NLC was playing vital role of logistics and strategic crisis management arm of government. The board after thorough deliberations approved NLC ‘s budget for financial year 2016-17.
He added that CPEC would open new avenues of growth for multiple sectors including logistics industry for which short, medium and long term planning was of vital importance. Ahsan Iqbal said that NLC should also align itself with the development portfolio of the country by anticipating the future requirement of the country in logistic sector.
He directed the organization to explore transportation opportunities on western rout of CPEC especially in Gwadar, Dera Ismail Khan , Ratodero and Sukkar junctions. NLC should undertake the study to explore potential avenues on this corridor for its future growth, he added.
He also suggested that there was need to establish some iconic buildings in Islamabad like CPEC tower to attract people for business. Minister said that Pakistan side of Khunjerab need to have Pakistan structure with beautiful designed building for tourism and business. Ahsan iqbal suggested that Ministry of Law should formulate a database about all the public sector projects, which are facing delay due to litigations and then take them to the judiciary to avoid financial loss. He directed that road, railway, ship and NLC should formulate integrated plan to complement each other instead of going into competition.
Members of the apex logistics body and members of board attended the meeting. Quarter Master General Pakistan Army/Officers Incharge of NLC Lt General Javed Mahmood Bukhari and Director General NLC Major General Mustaq Ahmed Faisal briefed the participants.

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