Premier okays development of new port city in Balochistan


Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday approved in principle the concept for development of a new self-contained port city along the Balochistan coast which will provide business, tourism, housing and industrial development opportunities to the investors.
He was chairing a presentation on the proposed port city called Alladin Cove here at the PM House this afternoon. The actual city will be located at Miani Hor along the Balochistan coast.
The prime minister said that the decision to develop the new port city with world class infrastructure including roads, airport, hotels, resorts, IT, banking, industrial parks and oil refineries has been taken in pursuance of the announcement made by President Musharraf to develop a new city on March 20 during his visit to Gwadar to inaugurate deep sea port.
During his presentation the Chairman Karachi Port Trust, Vice Admiral, Ahmed Hayat told the meeting that Pakistan’s fourth sea port would be developed at Miani Hor, a lagoon near Sonmiani which is located 80 km north-west of Karachi.
The prime minister said that the selected area should be clearly delineated and acquired and the services of a world-class developer should be sought through international tenders to prepare a master plan for the proposed city.
He said that in addition to being a port the new city would be a tourist resort and an industrial hub and will open new vistas of economic opportunities and create thousands of jobs which would benefit not only Balochistan but the entire country.
The prime minister appreciated the positive role of Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Mohammad Yousuf and the Balochistan government in facilitating yet another mega project which would benefit the people of Balochistan.
The meeting was also attended by Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Mohammad Yousuf, Minister for Ports and Shipping, Babar Khan Ghauri, Balochistan Minister for Revenue, Asim Kurd, Chief Secretary Balochistan and Secretary Ports and Shipping.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2006

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