In the Second Phase of New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA), the pace of developmental works has taken up. The first phase of NGIA included soil compaction testing, leveling off the ground; land boundaries, design details; and the construction of walls at adjacent properties. NGIA is under construction over the last few months and will be completed within 3 years. It will be spread over 4300 acres of land and 26 km away from the Gwadar City in Gurandani. Upon completion, it will be the second largest airport in Pakistan that connects the Gwadar Port with the rest of the world.
Zhang Baozhong, Chairman of the China Overseas Port Holding Company Chairman (COPHC), said, ‘This will spur up development activities with full speed and momentum. Despite the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, construction of the airport did not halt, he added, and the second phase has begun as per schedule.’
After achieving specific benchmarks under the 1st Phase, facilities like cargo buildings, modern terminal; communication & navigational projects, air traffic control system; runway, water & power supply; parking space, residential area; schools, etc. will be covered under the second phase. The design and construction of the airport are up to the International Civil Aviation Organization standards. Being an Early Harvest High Priority Project, it is free from all sorts of debt burden and loan obligations.
Moreover, to maintain the momentum of construction at the airport, the Federal Government has ensured the provision of electricity supply. Simultaneously, Asim Bajwa, Chairman of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority tweeted that in line with the directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the current government is committed to complete all the projects timely. After completion, the mega airport costing $230m would be a harbinger of development of Gwadar City and Gwadar Port, he added.