CPEC becomes operational!
HUNDREDS of Chinese trucks loaded with goods rolled into the Sost Dry Port in Gilgit-Baltistan on Monday as the gigantic project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) becomes formally operational. The shipment arrived more than two weeks after the first Chinese ship docked at Gwadar Port that is the centre of the $46b CPEC project.
It is understood that the historic project would take years to become fully operational yet the very fact that first consignment or caravan consisting of 150 to 300 shipping containers has begun journey from China to Gwadar is itself a big achievement. The involvement of China in construction and running of the Gwadar Port and its funding of CPEC were a firm guarantee for successful implementation of these projects and there are clear signs of the dream coming true. Chinese are known for vigorously pursuing projects and accomplishing them within the stipulated period and cost. Another point worth consideration is that Chinese want to do trade through the Corridor and for this purpose they want operationalisation of the route in the shortest possible time. This could be done only through upgrading the existing infrastructure and providing missing links of various highways and motorways. Of course, there are three routes and all of them have their own worth and value for the people of Pakistan. However, we must understand that the route that serves economic interests of the investor should be given priority, It is regrettable that some elements have been hurling baseless accusations and want all the three routes to cover areas that would not be economical. Of course, it is duty of both Federal and Provincial Governments to provide best possible infrastructure facilities including roads and highways as well as gas, electricity and industrial zones but the projects relating to CPEC must have concurrence of China and should not be based on personal interests and party politics. (PakistanObserver)