Pakistan looks to build new seaport connecting to China's Belt & Road
Gwadar: Pakistan’s Gwadar port has finally been given the green signal for further development, as reported by the news sources.
The part of the $61 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Pakistan is looking to make the most of it by creating seven ecological corridors, 11 urban functional zones, and a special economic district to attract foreign capital.
The Gwadar Smart Port City will cover 1,200 square kilometers and it will have all the above-mentioned facilities that will transform the city into the most developed city in Pakistan. According to the Gwadar Master Plan 2020, the population of Gwadar is expected to surpass 2 million people by 2050. The Gwadar Smart Port City will become Pakistan’s third-largest city and create 1.2 million jobs.
Currently, Gwadar relies on the supply of electricity from Iran, while a 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant planned under the CPEC project is two years away from being functional. The ambitious project requires a massive investment of more than PKR 100 billion for basic infrastructure alone. While meeting with a group of developers, the GDA’s Director-General Shahzeb Khan Kakar said that Gwadar is the future "Singapore of Pakistan."