CPEC to bolster civil aviation industry

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Islamabad—With the enhanced business and economic activities and establishment of new economic industrial zones in the country under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the civil aviation industry would get a significant boost.
Under the mega project of CPEC, several new economic and industrial zones would be established in various parts of the country which would not only help in giving boost to economic activities but it would also help create hundreds of thousands new job opportunities, an official in Ministry of Planning and Development told.
Due to these projects, the number of domestic and international flights would increase besides increase passengers and cargo service activities which would ultimately give more strength to the civil aviation sector of the country.
According to official documents available with this scribe, the federal government has decided to start 12 development projects including Gwadar Airport for which allocation of Rs9.53 billion has been made for the current fiscal year.
The details show that for the construction of Gwadar East Bay Bypass, an amount of Rs4.7 billion had been set aside while Rs1.5 billion have been allocated for new Gwadar Airport.
An amount of Rs300 million each has been allocated for the feasibility study of construction of break water and for the additional terminal of CPEC.
Similarly, the new projects to be undertaken during the current fiscal year include seven energy projects, nine water projects, 11 motorway and highway projects, five railway projects, six projects for Western Rout of CPEC and three projects for Northern Route of CPEC.
The official said that under CPEC, the Gwadar city would become a centre of social and economic activities.
He said that mega project would have deep affects on the civil aviation sector of the country which would result in significant increase in passengers, cargo activities and flights. The government had also planned for a development project to improve infrastructure of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.
Under this project, he said construction of new airports, and up-gradation of several existing airports, radars and navigational instruments would be included.
He said CPEC is not a name of a highway but it is the vision of leadership of both Pakistan and China which would change the fate of the people in the region.—APP

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