ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Balochistan and Sindh this week.
According to details, the prime minister is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Gwadar Airport after visiting Quetta on March 29. He will also meet the Balochistan governor, chief minister and provincial cabinet members.
The prime minister will be briefed on the law and order situation and development projects.
The same day in the evening, PM Imran will arrive in Karachi to preside over a meeting of the transformation committee. The committee would brief the PM about projects being executed by the federal government.
PM Imran will also meet business and trade personalities in Karachi.
The PM will leave Karachi for Ghotki on March 30 and meet leaders of coalition partners. A lunch will be hosted in honour of the PM in the city.
The Gwadar’s new airport is to be built at a cost of $230 million, an official of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) secretariat said.
According to the official, work on the project’s design as well as feasibility studies for the new international airport have already been completed and the Civil Aviation Authority has decided on the site on which the airport would be constructed, an area spread over 3,000 acres of land and located around 26 kilometres northeast of the existing airport.
He further disclosed that the new airport would have international status and would be run under an open sky policy, adding that, while the new airport is being constructed, the old airport's capacity would also be enhanced as it would undergo work enabling it to handle bigger aircraft.
The official also said that, with the inauguration of the new airport, Gwadar would become a hub of the aviation industry and would also provide substantial impetus to work related to CPEC, adding that the new airport would be able to accommodate all types of aircraft, including the mammoth Airbus A380, which would facilitate the arrival of international investors and tourists.
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