Islamabad: The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) and the Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd (SSGCL) have shared their respective cost estimates pertaining to the installation of a gas pipeline network in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) —being established under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project framework — with the government, according to a news source.
The funds required to develop the infrastructure and to provide gas supply to the Rashakai SEZ in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Dhabeji SEZ in Thatta, Sindh, have been estimated at PKR 6.6 billion. In order to expedite the development of these SEZs, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan had previously directed the departments concerned to ensure the provision of utility services to the said SEZs on a priority basis.
The cost estimates for laying gas supply network for other SEZs will be shared once the government finalises its development plans with regard to these economic zones. As per reports, plans are being formalized to supply gas and other utility services to other SEZs.
The purpose of expediting the process to make these SEZs operational is meant to attract investors. In addition, it will also remove hurdles impeding the development of industrial units in these zones as such industrial setups cannot function in the absence of basis amenities such as roads, water and electricity supplies.