PCRSC reviewed CPEC’s various projects

By Tahir Ali | Gwadar Pro Oct 21, 2021

PCRSC reviewed CPEC’s various projects

Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives, heading PCRSC meeting.

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 21 (Gwadar Pro) - Pak-China Relations Steering Committee (PCRSC) during its 3rd meeting on Wednesday discussed various issues related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in power, infrastructure and industrial cooperation sectors.

The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar.

According to an official statement the Committee was informed that a number of issues discussed during the last meeting had been resolved as per the directions of the committee, while some others were under the process of approval of the relevant fora.

Power Division informed the committee that proposals for the extension of CoD of six power projects were under process and the matter would be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the CPPA board.

The Committee was informed that Right of Way Issue (RoA) near Karachi of 660 KV HVDC Matiari Lahore Transmission Line had been resolved and power was now being evacuated through the Transmission line.

The committee was also briefed on the 880 MW Sukki Kinari Hydropower Project. The Federal Minister directed the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to resolve the operational issues faced by the project on priority.

Secretary Ministry of Communications also briefed the Committee on the ongoing projects in the infrastructure under CPEC and informed the committee that the Re-alignment of Thakot-Raikkot is a critical component of the northern alignment. He further highlighted that the G-2-G technical committee has been formed for the project and “ToRs of the committee have also been shared with the Chinese side for views and comments”. The chair also directed that a meeting would be convened soon under Deputy Chairman Planning Commission to discuss the financing modalities of the project.

PCRSC also discussed issues faced by investors in different Special Economic Zones. Punjab Board of Investment & Trade and KP EPZ Authority updated the Committee on the individual issues of various investors.

Sindh Investment Department informed that the developer for Dhabeji SEZ had been identified and final approval would be granted soon.

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, SAPM on CPEC, Secretary Foreign, Secretary Interior, Secretary Railways, Secretary Power, Secretary Finance, National Security Adviser, and senior officers of Ministries/Divisions & Provincial Departments attended the meeting.

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