Gilgit-Baltistan gateway to CPEC: Pakistani Communication Minister
ISLAMABAD, Oct. 4 (Gwadar Pro) - Pakistani Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said on Sunday afternoon that Gilgit-Baltistan was the gateway to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which was the guarantor of the region’s development.
In a statement, the minister announced that construction on Jaglot-Skardu Road under CPEC would be completed by October 30.
“This major highway will boost tourism in the area and start economic activities,” he added.
The minister recalled that CPEC’s largest forum, the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC), recently promised development of these areas by including Chitral Dir, Swat Motorway and Peshawar Dera Ismail Khan Motorway in CPEC.
“The decisions regarding last week’s JCC CPEC will usher in a new era of development and prosperity in Pakistan,” he remarked.
He stated that the three projects in Chitral would be launched by the end of this year. The minister maintained that the National Highways Authoruty (NHA) was completing the ongoing project in a faster and more transparent manner.
“Work is also underway on road construction along with public welfare projects under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he mentioned.
Saeed revealed that Prime Minister Imran Khan had also approved Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan highways for the promotion of tourism. While work on this major highway will begin in December.
He further said that NHA was launching new projects in a timely manner and advancing CPEC in a better way.