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Gwadar Port Authority Bill to be Tabled in NA

ISLAMABAD: The government is likely to introduce a bill in the Parliament for setting up an authority to undertake development of Gwadar deep-sea port.

“We are bringing a new bill to establish port authority for this multi-billion-dollar project. It (authority) would be like other port authorities in the world,” official sources told Business Recorder here on Tuesday.

The ministry of law and justice is vetting the draft bill and it would soon be forwarded to the federal cabinet for approval,” sources said.

“The government would follow the concept of landlords whereas operational contracts would be given to private sector,” they added.

Official sources said Expression of Interests (EoIs) would be invited from port operators across the world by the end of this month to run the country’s biggest sea facility.

Recommendations of the Balochistan Parliamentary Committee are also being incorporated in the draft bill. It would be ensured that the local people should benefit the most, sources said.

On the other hand, opposition lawmakers from Balochistan ruled out the notion that Gwadar mega-project is in the interest of Baloch people. They believe these projects have been initiated to facilitate the international investors only.

“We have completed all arrangements. It is almost operational but the completion of road infrastructure is still awaited,” they said.

The ministry of ports and shipping has requested the National Highway Authority to expedite the construction work of roads to link the port with other parts of the country.

Telecommunication links and other facilities were also being provided to facilitate potential investors.

Sorce: Daily Times

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