China assures inclusion of Keti Bandar, Karachi Circular Railway in CPEC

China assures inclusion of Keti Bandar, Karachi Circular Railway in CPEC

During a meeting between Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and a Chinese government delegation led by  Ambassador Nong Rong, Chinese authorities have assured the Sindh government that they will pursue Karachi Circular Railway, Keti Bandar, and other projects to officially include them in CPEC. The meeting was attended by a number of top officials from both countries. Mr. Shah said that the KCR had been part of all JCC meetings and in all the meetings it was stated to be a feasible and viable project but there were major obstacles that needed to be removed.

Moreover, he said that the Keti Bandar has located about 107km from Thatta city and 150km from Karachi via Gharo and it is very promising in terms of future prospects. The Chinese delegation said that their first CPEC project of 660MW Thar coal power plants was functioning successfully and on the same pattern all the CPEC-related projects would be completed on a fast-track basis.

 

KARACHI: Chinese authorities have assured the Sindh government that they would pursue Karachi Circular Railway, Keti Bandar and other projects to officially include them in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)-related projects.

 

This emerged on Tuesday in a meeting between Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and a Chinese government delegation led by Beijing’s Ambassador in Pakistan Nong Rong.

 

The other delegation members were Chinese Consul General Li Bijian, defense attaché Maj Gen Chen Wen Rong, consular Bao Zhong, deputy defense attaché Senior Col Ji Xinqi, Lt Col Di Weichao, first secretary Wang Xianfeng, and third secretary Wu Linglin.

 

Financing request for KCR

 

The chief minister told the delegation that at the request of his government the KCR was included in CPEC on Dec 3, 2016. The project was approved and included in the 6th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC). He added that the project was approved by Ecnec at a cost of $1.97 billion in Oct 2017.

 

The CM says center hasn’t addressed KCR issues despite his multiple requests

 

Mr Shah said that the KCR had been part of all JCC meetings and in all the meetings it was stated to be a feasible and viable project but there were major obstacles that needed to be removed.

 

He added that the obstacles included sharing of a framework agreement, sovereign guarantee by the finance division, concessional finance request to the Chinese government by the federal government, right of way for KCR at the common corridor between ML-1 and KCR.

 

He said that he had been requesting the federal government to resolve the issues, but the issues were still unaddressed.

 

“In the 9th JCC meeting the KCR was again discussed and it was resolved that the Pakistan side will submit the financing request to the Chinese side,” he said and added it had not been submitted yet.

 

Talking about the current situation of the KCR, Mr Shah said that the federal government included two projects in the public sector development program of FY 21, which were Rs1.85bn organization of train on existing KCR alignment and revival of KCR Phase-II for Rs8.7bn.

 

He said that he had included three projects in the provincial ADP 2020-21, which include the revival of KCR (CPEC framework) for Rs207.5bn, construction of a boundary fence along the KCR alignment for Rs2.3 million, and construction of underpasses/flyovers on railway crossing along KCR route for Rs5bn.

 

The visiting delegation assured the chief minister that they would take up the KCR projects in the CPEC-related meeting.

 

Keti Bandar

 

The chief minister said that Keti Bandar was located about 107km from Thatta city and 150km from Karachi via Gharo and it was very promising in terms of future prospects.

 

He said that the Keti Bandar project was an important part of the Sindh government’s strategy towards developing the energy sector.

 

Mr Shah said that 4,000 acres of land had been identified for the project and a feasibility study was completed for the installation of a 1,320MW power plant along with a railway line, coal jetty and allied infrastructure.

 

“A financial viability assessment and bid management report has also been completed and the transaction advice report is being awaited,” he added.

 

The CM said that the project was part of CPEC framework since 2017. Earlier, the project was referred to the Joint Working Group (JWG) for consideration. “After completion of the studies, the project is now ready to be taken up in the main framework,” he said.

 

The other projects that came under discussion included Thar coal energy, infrastructure, special economic zone, Dhabeji, socio-economic development projects.

 

The Chinese delegation said that their first CPEC project of 660MW Thar coal power plants was functioning successfully and on the same pattern all the CPEC-related projects would be completed on a fast-track basis.

Date : 
Wednesday 7 April 2021
Source : 
CPEC Info
Tag : 
Investement in Gwadar, China Pakistan Economic Corridor, CPEC Phase II,
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