ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Industries has submitted to Planning Commission for approval the PC-1 for Infrastructure Development Phase-1 of Gwadar Industrial Estate project, costing Rs 1.53 billion.

According to PC-1 of the project available with Business Recorder, under new economic growth framework 2012-13, the development of Gwadar Industrial Estate fits very well with objective to build the new industrial estate in mega port city which provide profitable business opportunities to local as well as international entrepreneurs, to develop manufacturing and service industries with strong emphasis on technology, innovation and capability, to facilitate business collaboration with foreign parties and to develop appropriate job opportunities in the region.

The impact of this industrial estate is extremely high in manufacturing sector, contributing to 7 percent of GDP and generating 25 percent of exports. Total area for the project is 3000 acres, to be developed in three phases, of 1000 acres each. The first phase of 1000 acres has been comprehensively planned and infrastructure development is underway. Gwadar Industrial Estate is linked with all important transport routes and highways, providing significant access to its location.

The major areas of business would be import and export construction, transportation, shipping, clearing and forwarding, warehousing, building material, value added-processing, re-packing, and transshipping, local at the entrance of the Persian Gulf and about 400 km from a major medium of oil supplies.Plots ranging from 1 acre to 5 acres have been planned for various industrial and commercial purposes. Besides, a small workers colony is also included. A comprehensive network of infrastructure services has been planned.

The development of infrastructure is the top priority for successful development and operation of OIE, the most basic requirements being water supply, electrification and sewerage system. The final requirements will, however, be in the range of 100-120 megawatts. In this regard, a grid station had been finalised in consultation with Qesco. Total cost of the grid station, which has since been completed, has been funded by the federal government.

Water being the scarce commodity in Balochistan as a whole and in Gwadar in particular needs the highest priority. The demands for the potable water for the industrial estate is difficult to assess as the demand largely depends on the type of industries to be installed, whereas, chemical and textile industries may have a large water demand.It is proposed to install a sea-water desalination plant for GIE with a capacity of 2million gallons per day (mgd). The cost of the project is to be equally shared between Federal Government and the provincial Government.

As the establishment of the 2 million gallons per day desalination plant will take some time while 0.2 MGD desalination plant is under construction through the project’s own sources. The design of remaining internal roads, water supply and sewerage has been prepared and the work will be awarded in phases as per the availability of the funds.