Government Plans to Develop First Man-Made Island in Gwadar
The island to stretch from Marine Drive to Zero Point on the Coastal Highway, will feature a state of the art amusement park, culture and heritage museum, grand theatre, international standard expo centre, hotels, resorts, shopping malls and waterfront walk to name a few projects. The fine print of the project reveals that it will be a collaborative effort between the Pakistan government and the Chinese state-owned enterprise, China Communications Construction Company.
The government has a plan to make Gwadar the next trade and economic hub of Pakistan and South Asia. It is expected that the region's economy will surpass $30 billion per annum. Therefore, the project will create almost 1.2 million highly paid jobs, which will take the per capita income of Gwadar to $15,000 in comparison to the current per capita income of around $1500.
Being the epicenter of trade and economy, the city will have a high-tech security mechanism being controlled through CCTV, vehicle management, urban video and alarm networks, and police. The Gwadar region will have its high education centre and a dedicated University City, primarily focused on Information Technology, Development and Medical sectors.
The master plan of Gwadar has already been approved, which means that the Pak-China megaproject is about to enter into the execution phase.
Commenting about the project, Governor Balochistan Amanullah Yasinzai said: "This project will be a game-changer for the people in the region. It will bring a lot of development and significantly raise the standard of living of the people of Gwadar. I am hopeful that this project will bring huge employment opportunities for the youth of Balochistan."