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Senate body for resolving land dispute in Gwadar Port

16 August, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Senate's Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping on Thursday formed a sub-committee to resolve land dispute between Pakistan Navy and Balochistan government and vowed to develop the Gwadar Port at any cost because it is the biggest project in the country's history.

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate's Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping on Thursday formed a sub-committee to resolve land dispute between Pakistan Navy and Balochistan government and vowed to develop the Gwadar Port at any cost because it is the biggest project in the country's history.

The meeting, which was held in the Parliament House, was chaired by Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani. Gwadar Port can contribute a lot in development of the Pakistan's economy once it's fully operational. Gwadar Port's acting chairman informed the committee that under the agreement Balochistan government has given 500 acres of land to Pakistan Navy and decision on 84 acres more has become a bone of contention.

The newly formed sub-committee, under the convenership of Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo will help to resolve the issue. The committee also demanded to provide complete details of agreements done with Singapore and later with China about handling Gwadar Port. The committee also asked for implementation of previous standing committee's recommendations over the Gwadar Port. The committee was informed that the government of People's Republic of China acquired the concession rights for Gwadar Port operations.

During the meeting it was decided to hold in-camera meeting over the agreement between the government and Singapore and China because there were some sensitive issues.

A detailed presentation over Karachi Port Trust (KPT) was given to the committee by KPT Chairman Javid Hanif. He told the legislators that KPT initiated work on Pakistan Deep Water Container Port with a total cost of Rs 60 billion. After completion of this project, the KPT will be enabled to handle larger and deeper ships, which the chairman said were currently by-passed. The first phase of this project will be operational by March 2015. Main components of the project are Dredging and Reclamation, Marine Protection Works, Quay Wall Construction, and Aids to Navigation.

The committee was informed that Dredging and Reclamation will be completed by December 2014 with a total cost of Rs 19.288 billion and 75 percent work was already completed. Another component of the project Marine Protection Works was already completed in August 2013 with a total cost of Rs 12.8 billion. The Quay Wall Construction Work component of the main project will be completed by December 2014 with a total cost of Rs 18 billion and up till about 50 percent work was completed over it. For the last component of the project, Aids to Navigation and its pre-qualification for the contractor is under evaluation. Tenders for supervision consultants are under scrutiny. New aids to navigation will be installed to the new channel and basin of Pakistan Deep Water Container Port. In this regard, design of 22 navigational aids has been finalised.

The committee expressed some reservations over this project, with a view that it is going on to become like Pakistan Steel Mills, where the government has to inject money forever. But the KPT chairman totally rejected it and claimed that without this project KPT will not be in a position to handle big and deep ships.

The KPT officials further informed the committee reconstruction of Berths 10 to 14 completed with a total cost of Rs 5.5 billion and were handed over to the Operation Division. The KPT also rehabilitated berths one to three with a total cost of Rs 180.3 million.

Regarding another project Reconstruction of Berths 15 to 17A, the Planning Commission already approved its concept clearance by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP). It will cost the authority Rs 8.25 billion and it will be completed by December 2014.

The committee further informed that under the prime minister's directives, two outlived jetties situated at Baba and Bhit Island, are being reconstructed for the residents to be able to use in all weather conditions. Tenders were invited and the construction contract has been awarded and its completion date is December 2014 with a total cost of Rs 252 million.

The committee was informed that KPT has 760 court cases at different stages and the authority was properly pursuing it.

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