Construction of Eastbay Expressway in Gwadar: Breakwater, allied facilities to be developed for displaced fishermen

Federal and Balochistan Governments will share the cost of over rupees one billion “Construction of Groyne Wall, Breakwater and allied works at Eastbay (Demizer), Gwadar” project equally to facilitate the local fishermen, to be displaced due to construction of Eastbay Expressway.

The main purpose of the project is to provide a Breakwater at Eastbay (Demizer), Gwadar to facilitate the fishermen which are going to be displaced from the existing fish harbor cum mini port for undertaking the other development works by the Chinese Operator of the Port and Construction of Eastbay Expressway, according to official documents of Planning Commission available with Business Recorder.

The existing Gwadar Fish Harbor is to be closed from the operational premises of Gwadar Port to enable deepening of the Port’s Shipping Channel as well as undertaking of other development works by the Chinese Operator of the port.

The Chinese team started work on Eastbay Expressway at Demizer. The fishermen recorded their reservations on the construction of Eastbay Expressway and the area representatives also raised this issue on different forums including National Assembly, Provincial Assembly and Senate.

The local Fishermen approached Chief Minister Balochistan with the demand to develop a boat parking yard including breakwater and allied facilities at Demizer. The Chief Minister Balochistan directed Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) to take this issue on immediate knots and prepare PC-I for further processing.

The GDA surveyed the site on the directions of the Chief Minister Balochistan and it was decided to construct a breakwater so that fishermen can park their vessels inside the barricaded area as there would be no space available due to construction of Gwadar Eastbay Expressway at Eastbay (Demizer).

The project envisages construction of 1775 meters long and six meters wide stone groyne wall, training wall, auction hall, boats repair area and boat basin as parking yard with allied facilities at Eastbay Gwadar.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019

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