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Provincial capital shifting to Gwadar 'impracticable'

KARACHI – The decision of Balochistan government to shift provincial capital, Quetta, to Gwadar for 4 months during the coming winter season seems impracticable as it will cost some Rs1 billion in terms of expenditures to the province, The Nation has learnt.

It was learnt that the Chief Minister of Balochistan is going to put this advice in cabinet that the provincial capital will be shifted to Gwadar in coming winter which includes health, education, public health sector and many others out of total 26 provincial departments.

This is going to cost the already crunched provincial government a huge economic loss and it will also thin out the economic future of the coastal area, moreover, it will displace thousands of government servants for 4 months just to facilitate the South of the province without considering the East, West, and other parts of Balochistan.

Raisani has announced that not only this shifting to be held every year but also a new port is to be built probably at Urmara, and both of the projects have created confusion among the people of the province and business community.

It’s not logical and not a good adventure for the province which is already inflicted from financial crunch, and if the government has decided on such shifting the decision should not be unilateral but with consensus, said Sardar Shaukat, chairman, Balochistan Economic Forum. The govt should rather direct the departments concerned to actively take part in the development of the province, as it is interesting that the commissioner of Gwadar sits in Turbat which is some 100 kilometres away from Gwadar, moreover, the high ups of the fisheries don’t sit in Quetta which is a hub for fisheries, he added.

Source: The Nation

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