New Gwadar International Airport to be completed by 2014

ISLAMABAD: The under construction New Gwadar International Airport, which was due to be completed by end of 2013, would now be completed by December 2014.

According to official sources, the PC-1 of New Gwadar International Airport Project was approved in September 2008 with implementation schedule of 48 months. The initial Site Protection Work was started in January 2009 with a planned completion time of 10 months.

However, due to law and order situation of the area and frequent interruption extensions have been granted to the contractor. Consequently, the progress remained slow and the project schedule was effected adversely.

Presently, only 27.73 percent progress was achieved with regards to Site Protection Work by Frontier Works Organization (FWO).

The remaining works on the airside infrastructure, terminal building, cargo and allied services are at planning stage with consultant M/s NESPAK.

The sources informed that considering the uncertainty associated with the project, no definite date for completion of this project can be ascertained.

The planning of the project depends on successful launching of remaining works, provided peace and harmony prevails in the area and subject to completion of Site Protection Work, amicable resolution of land disputes with the locals, remaining works can be planned to be completed by December.

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