Balochistan [Pakistan]May 16 (ANI): Construction of the much awaited Gwadar Baru International Airport has entered its second phase, when a joint Pakistan and China project is pushing for completion.
The airport is located in Gurandani, about 26 km northeast of the city of Gwadar in Balochistan. The total cost is USD 230 million.
“In the second phase, a permanent station is under construction,” Zhang Baozhong, chairman of the Chairman of the China Foreign Port Corporation (COPHC), told Geo.tv.
“This will spur development activities with full speed and momentum,” he added.
Despite the deadly outbreak of coronavirus, airport construction has not stopped, he added, and the second phase has begun on schedule.
The project is expected to be completed within three years. After that, Baozhong explained, it would become Pakistan’s second largest airport connecting Gwadar with the rest of the world.
Lieutenant General (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chair of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPEC), also tweeted about the history developed on May 7.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan conducted the groundbreaking ceremony of Gwadar airport on March 29, 2019, while construction began on October 31, 2019.
Being part of the CPEC High Priority Harvest Early Project, the airport is free from all loan obligations and debt burdens. It is being built with grant assistance and is being fully funded by the Chinese government.
Nadir Baloch, a senior official from the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA), told Geo.tv that to ensure uninterrupted power supplies for construction work, the federal government has issued a license to install a 130 KW power plant near the site
With ease in locking restrictions, especially for the construction industry, after the COVID-19 outbreak, Baloch added, “Work at the airport is now going well.” (ANI)