Here’s All You Need to Know About CPEC Projects

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With now a globally perceived stable monetary viewpoint, Pakistan is making a road for turning into a provincial focal point for worldwide exchange. The country’s very huge geo-key area assumes a vital part in molding the locale’s elements. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is probably the best model in such a manner. The friendly ties between Pakistan and China have been put to the best use as numerous foundation and energy projects are presently being done in the area under the flag of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. In this blog, we will find out all the most recent CPEC projects in detail and examine their provincial advantages; however, as a matter of first importance, we should become more acquainted with somewhat more about CPEC itself.


China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a multi-billion dollar project dispatched because of a reciprocal understanding endorsed among Pakistan and China. It’s an unmistakable piece of the ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ activity of China. OBOR is purposed to lay a system of an incorporated shipping lane between Africa, Asia, and Europe, interlinking more than 68 nations. In Pakistan, the CPEC shipping lane extends from the Himalayas in the northern area right to the Arabian Sea coastline in the south.


Hare are some of the latest CPEC initiatives impacting different sectors in the country.

Presently, we will enroll and talk about all the most recent CPEC advancements in Pakistan, alongside revealing insight into their local importance.

  • Energy Projects
  • Foundation Projects
  • Gwadar Projects
  • Railroad Mass Transit Projects
  • Extraordinary Economic Zones


Major energy projects are underway as a part of cpec developments
CPEC’s major developments to harness clean energy in Pakistan

Attributable to the locale’s vital environmentally friendly power potential, a portion of the significant advancements to outfit clean energy from regular assets in Pakistan are as per the following:

Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park (Under-Construction)

The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park is a large-scale photovoltaic power station located on the outskirts of the city of Bahawalpur in Punjab. With a total capacity of 1000 MW, this solar-powered plant spans over 500 acres (200 ha) and hosts around four hundred thousand solar modules. The project is still under construction.

Hydro China Dawood Wind Farm (Operational)

The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park is a huge scope photovoltaic force station situated on the edges of the city of Bahawalpur in Punjab. With a complete limit of 1000 MW, this sunlight-based fueled plant ranges more than 500 sections of land (200 ha) and hosts around 400,000 sun-powered modules. The venture is as yet under development.

Quick Fact: In cooperation with the Chinese specialists, Pakistan’s public authority has gone through endeavors to add around 1000 MW to the energy-producing limit of the country under the CPEC’s Early Harvest plot somewhere in the range of 2018 and 2020.

UEP Wind Farm (Operational)

With a force age limit of 99 MW, United Energy Pakistan (UEP) Wind’s venture was dispatched in June 2017. The breeze ranch is situated in Jhimpir. This development of the expense has been done at the expense of around US $250 million. It is quite possibly the main CPEC project in Pakistan. The undertaking was created and made operational in a brief period.

Karot Hydropower Station (Under-Construction)

The Karot Hydropower Project can be characterized as a run-over-waterway rockfill gravity solid center dam. It is one of the major under-development dams in Pakistan. The dam has an introduced power age limit of 720 MW. Known as the Silk Road Fund’s principal speculation task, The Karot Hydropower Station is essential for China–Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is required to be finished by 2021.


improvements of motorways in Pakistan under CPEC
Improvisation of the network of motorways in Pakistan

A portion of the significant framework CPEC projects incorporate the development and extension of motorways’ organization in Pakistan. How about we investigate.

KKH Phase II (Thakot -Havelian Section)

The Thakot to Havelian segment of the Karakoram Highway is wanted to run 118 kilometers as a 2-path interstate. The roadway project is otherwise called the second period of Karakoram Highway. A few present-day burrows are being built alongside the venture, which will successfully cut down the time it takes to cover Islamabad and Mansehra’s distance to five hours.

Peshawar-Karachi Motorway (Multan-Sukkur Section)

Multan-Sukkur Motorway (M-5) is one of the key sections of the proposed Karachi-Peshawar Motorway. M-5 accounts for 392 kilometers of the 1,100-kilometre project. It is a 6-lane road featuring 11 interchanges at different points throughout its length.

Khuzdar-Basima Road N-30

The project is located in the Khuzdar District of the province of Balochistan. The project is a 2-lane highway, which covers a distance of 113 kilometers from Basima to Khuzdar. The project is maintained and operated by the National Highway Authority (NHA).

Upgradation of D.I.Khan-Zhob Road (from the town of Yarik)

As a piece of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the reclamation and up-gradation of the N-50 segment will be done from the town of Yarik in DI Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The current 2 path street will be redesigned into a 4-path interstate in the primary period of development and afterward in a 6-manner turnpike in the later stage.

KKH Thakot-Raikot N35 remaining portion

Thakot-Raikot N35 is a street dependent on two-path among Thakot and Raikot, which is around 136 kilometers in length. It runs over a region where arranging and development of a few hydropower projects are in progress. Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Dasu Dam are imperative models in such a manner.


Progress of cpec projects in gwadar
Free Trade Zone is being developed at Gwadar.

After Karachi Port and Port Qasim, Gwadar is known as Pakistan’s third significant, profound seaport. Once completely created and useful, the port city of Gwadar will become a worldwide exchange center for Pakistan. Here are the absolute most recent improvements in Gwadar completed as a piece of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Gwadar East-Bay Expressway

The advancement of the East-Bay turnpike is in progress. It will fill in as the principal course for Gwadar Port, which will essentially facilitate traffic progression. The turnpike will basically interface the Gwadar Port and its Free Zone with interstates stumbling into the country. Gwadar East Bay Expressway is arranged as a 6-path freeway, which will be associated with a 30 meters wide rail line hallway, stumbling into the 2300 sections of land of Free Trade Zone of Gwadar, connecting with the Makran Coastal Highway (N-20)

New Gwadar International Airport

The development of New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA) is in progress. The new air terminal will be outfitted with remain of the artistry offices and will have the limit of taking care of bigger airplanes like ATR 72, Boeing (B-737) Airbus, (A-300), and Boeing (B-747) for both homegrown and worldwide flight tasks. It is situated in the Gurandani zone, which is around 26 kilometers upper east of the city of Gwadar in Balochistan.

Development of Free Trade Zone of Gwadar

The momentous of the Free Trade Zone of Gwadar has previously been finished. The region that has been distributed for the Free Trade Zone is around 2,280 sections of land. The system for the wide range of various framework advancements and transportation offices in the region has been finished. As per a bill passed in the National Assembly in 2016, arrangements for Free Zone’s expense exclusions have been set down and conveyed. A portion of the critical advantages of putting resources into Free Zone remembers exclusion for customs obligations for activity and development exercises, 100% possession for unfamiliar financial backers alongside adaptable visa guidelines. Such advantages will draw in more unfamiliar financial backers to set up their organizations in the area.


cpec development involves enhancement of rail links in the country
Expansion and construction of key rail links in the country

CPEC activities to fortify the railroad network in Pakistan are as under:

Expansion and reconstruction of existing Line ML-1

Mainline-1 (ML-1) is perhaps the main CPEC project in Pakistan. The undertaking also incorporates a general foundation up-grading Karachi to Peshawar railroad tracks, which are around 1,680 km long. When finished, the venture must lessen the movement time between the two urban communities to half.

Havelian Dry Port Cargo Facility

Havelian Dry Port Cargo Facility is being created to satisfy the cargo traffic of the Pak-China Economic Corridor’s shipping lanes. According to the master plan of the venture, a dry port will before long be developed at Havelian on the rail line land. The dry port will go about as a compartment terminal for the cargo traffic coming from Karakoram Highway and other significant intercity street joins. The task’s assessed cost is around $65 million.

Orange Line Lahore

Orange Line, Lahore, Lahore, which is Pakistan’s first-since forever electric rail line mass-travel framework, has finished its first preliminary attempt, which was as of late hung on December 10, 2019. These trains can go up to the most extreme speed of 80km/h with a limit of hefting around 250,000 travelers every day. The project is required to be finished by March 2020.

Special Economic Zones

Special economic zones in Pakistan
SEZs in Pakistan will provide noteworthy financial leverage to prospective investors.

The most optimized plan of attack advancement of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Pakistan will critical lift the inundation of financial freedoms. A portion of the major SEZs proposed under the pennant of CPEC are as per the following:

Rashakai Economic Zone, M-1, Nowshera

Situated in the focal point of the area’s major metropolitan communities of the district, Rashakai Economic Zone is intended for the economy to flourish in the locale. The complete territory assigned for Rashakai Economic Zone is 1000 sections of land, created in the following five years in three stages. It will incorporate around 702 sections of land distributed for mechanical use according to the guidelines of the Federal Government, out of which around 159 sections of land will be worked upon in Phase 1, 279 sections of land will be created in Phase II, and the remainder of the 264 sections of land in Phase III. A territory of 76 sections of land has been assigned for business use.

China Special Economic Zone Dhabeji

The Government of Sindh has attempted another pivotal task as per which 1530 sections of land will be created as Dhabeji Special Economic Zone in Thatta. It is perhaps the main undertakings, which are being done under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s pennant (CPEC). A portion of the key foundation offices incorporates Captive Power Plant, Technical and Vocational Training Center, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Warehouse/Logistics Park, 5 Star Hotel, Business Center, Fire Station/Emergency Response, and Auditorium/Expo Center.

Some other significant arranged and under-development SEZs in Pakistan incorporate Bostan Industrial Zone, Allama Iqbal Industrial City (M3), Faisalabad, Industrial Park, ICT Model Industrial Zone, Islamabad, Steel Mills, Karachi, Special Economic Zone at Mirpur, AJK, Mohmand Marble City, Moqpondass SEZ Gilgit-Baltistan. These SEZs are being created to conceivably change every one of these locales into ostracizing territories encouraged with a present-day framework and some mind-blowing charge motivation bundles, including the 100% exclusion of expenses and customs obligations on the imports of apparatus and plant gear, giving essential monetary influence to forthcoming financial backers.

Note: To speed up and screen the improvement of all the previously mentioned measures, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPECA) has been as of late framed by Pakistan’s public authority.

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