Gwadar: The Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan (2019-2025) has garnered substantial traction, launching a series of superior development initiatives in thirteen critical domains, as reported in the preeminent publication on November 21.
As per the specifics, the master plan calls for various initiatives to convert the former fishing village into a contemporary metropolis. The development of the above initiatives includes the revitalization of historic districts, the transformation of thoroughfares, the establishment of parks, the promotion of sustainable growth, the identification of prime tourist destinations, the implementation of digital technologies, and the cultivation of a labour-intensive economy.
The objectives are to lay the groundwork for social and civic amenities, facilitate the emergence of novel business prospects, and furnish cutting-edge healthcare and educational infrastructure.
Several successfully executed initiatives as part of the Master Plan contributed to the metamorphosis of Gwadar. Water supply initiatives have been implemented, such as establishing dams like Shadi Kaur and Sowd, linked to the city via pipelines.
Furthermore, establishing a sewage water treatment facility has effectively prevented coastal pollution by repurposing sewage water for irrigation.
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The USD 30.5 million Gwadar Indus Hospital, alternatively referred to as the Pak-China Friendship Hospital, is fully operational and poised to furnish the residents of Gwadar with medical facilities of the highest calibre.
The Gwadar Port has implemented a fibre optic cable network to embrace digitalization and facilitate automated customs procedures, easing containerized trade and transhipment. The Balochistan government has approved the establishment of a 2,500-acre “Central Business District” in the port city, per the Gwadar Master Plan. The Gwadar district has been designated a tax-free zone to stimulate further economic activity, and a road network spanning 280 kilometres has been built.
The approval has been granted for the Gwadar Port Breakwater expansion project, which seeks to improve berthing safety, mitigate coastal degradation, and offer marine protection.
Many sustainable initiatives have converted Gwadar into a verdant and ecologically aware metropolis. Additions include parks, green spaces, and an emphasis on urban greenery along city thoroughfares and roads.
The Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute (PCT & VI) is now operational, providing the youth of Gwadar with advanced skill-based knowledge.
The proposed tourism strategy incorporates initiatives such as establishing a ‘Ferry Service’ that would link Gwadar and Iran, thereby acquainting visitors with Gwadar’s aesthetic and auditory delights. Cultural and festival tourism are expected to be incorporated into Gwadar’s overall tourism strategy.
The Gwadar Safe City Project (Phase I), which is currently in progress and is anticipated to cost PKR 3,325.6 million, is primarily concerned with bolstering security by implementing multipurpose cameras and optical fibre cables.
In addition, the ongoing Gwadar Old City Master Plan pledges prosperity and development for the local populace by employing skill education initiatives, restoring city infrastructure, and preserving historical sites.
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