PM Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the Gawader East Bay Project as well as performed the groundbreaking of seven other development projects in Gwadar City. The East-Bay Expressway, a project of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a six-lane expressway that would connect Gwadar City with Makran Coastal Highway. This connection will also give Gwadar easy access to Karachi city. The PM expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of work in the city and directed the concerned authorities to speed up the pace of the development projects in Gwadar. The completion of the project is expected to boost economic activities in various parts of the country.
As per details, the other projects worth billions of rupees include Gwadar Seawater Desalination Plant, Jingtal Gwadar Private Limited, Hangmei Lubricant Plant, Hangeng Agricultural Industrial Park, Gwadar Expo Centre, and Gwadar Fertilizer Plant. The completion of the road would play an important role in the improvement of trade activities as it will connect Gwadar Port with the free trade zone and Makran Coastal Highway. The road has connect Gwadar Port with Gwadar Free Trade Zone and Makran Coastal Highway. The Eastbay Expressway Project is a part of a $1.1 billion development package for the city. Last year the Chairman Gwadar Port Authority said, “The jewel of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is CPEC, and Jewel of CPEC is East-Bay Express Way.”
It is pertinent to mention here that the East Bay Expressway would connect Gwadar Port with other cities of Pakistan so the economic benefits of the project would be of massive magnitude. The Expressway would also connect with a 653 km long Makran National Highway from Karachi to Baluchistan, so the business activities will flourish throughout the country. The execution of the project would pave the way for the people across the country to utilize the great opportunity of growing the Gwadar Free Trade Zone in a true sense. The completion of the project would enable the Gwadar Port to utilize its potential to the fullest and become a Centre of business activities in the country. This vital CPEC project is expected to revolutionize transportation alongside Gwadar Port. The $ 168 million important mega connectivity and road infrastructure project is believed to play a major role in the development of the coastal city.