Chairman CPEC Authority Lt. Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa has said that after completion of the Main Line one (ML-1) railway up-gradation project, the Gwadar port city would be linked with the rest of the country through railway line.
“A new railway line would be laid from Quetta to Gwadar to link the port city with rest of the country and beyond,” Asim Bajwa said in his recent interview with a youtube channel.
Further he said the railway line up to Iran would also be up-graded to enhance scope of the mega project.
Bajwa who is also Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting pointed out that the biggest ever project that was being executed under CPEC was the ML-1 project.
“All initial processes have been completed, its evaluation has been done, and estimation has also been reviewed,” he termed the $6.8 billion project a historical one for logistic infrastructure in Pakistan as every business was going to become viable so far as freight traffic through railways was concerned.
Besides he said the ML-1 project would also bring revolution in the passenger movement from Karachi to Peshawar as the travel time from Lahore to Karachi would be reduced to only 8 hours.
To a question, Bajwa said the 1870 kilometers ML-1 project was a huge initiative that was scheduled to be completed over a period of 7-9 years in phases. However he said as many projects under CPEC had already been completed before time so this project could also be done before the settled time period.
With respect to the development of Gwadar city, he revealed there had been great progress on the city and and the port.
“We also have the Gwadar city’s master plan which is now ready to launch.”
With respect to the planned Oil City in Gwadar, he informed that about 30 kms away from the city near Pasni, an area was being designated for an oil refinery and oil storage.