ISLAMABAD - Issuing directives for the finalization of Long Term Plan (LTP) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal asked the ministries and provinces on Thursday to submit their proposals within the next 15 days.

He said CPEC was on top of the national agenda and had to be completed in record time.

Chairing a high-level fortnightly meeting held to review progress on the CPEC projects , Ahsan said he was satisfied with the progress made on CPEC projects so far.

He also directed the ministries to submit the anticipated future disbursement plan for the CPEC projects , to be included in the PSDP of the next financial year, in order to ensure smooth release of money for the projects.

While reviewing the energy projects to be completed under CPEC, the minister asked the Ministry of Water & Power to present an integrated plan for power generation, transmission and distribution for the next three years, within one week, to ensure that power was distributed to consumers in a planned manner.

He said speedy work on these projects, under the CPEC, was necessary to tackle the energy crisis and fulfill the power needs of industrial zones in future.

Ahsan further said that with the completion of the energy projects, 10,000 MW of electricity would be added to the national grid by 2018.

The meeting was apprised that work on Bin Qasim Power Plant, Thar Power Plant and Sahiwal Power Plant was also underway, and these projects would be completed as per the schedule.

While reviewing the Gwadar component of CPEC, the minister directed the concerned authorities to consider urban planning requirements while devising a Master Plan for Gwadar, and also called for enforcing the land zoning laws to check the mushroomed growth of housing societies in the port city.

He also directed to finalise the plan for switching Gwadar Power Plant from coal to LNG/oil on urgent basis to meet the energy needs of the port city

Similarly, he passed instructions for speedily carrying out the work on Gwadar International Airport and Gwadar seaport.

The minister urged the concerned authorities to develop Thar as a model city. “The economic activity in Thar should not be geared up to earn the profits only, but should also focus on the economic and social uplift of the area,” he said, and added, “We should not repeat the mistake made in Sui.”

The minister stressed that work on CPEC projects should be continued in the same momentum to ensure their completion in a stipulated time period.

He not only emphasised the need for adopting a smarter and scientific approach towards the execution of CPEC projects , but also urged that required financial resources be mobilised promptly so that deadlines for these projects could be met.

The meeting also reviewed KKH-II (Thakot-Havalaian section) and Multan-Sukhur section of Karachi-Peshawar Motorway, Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line, ML-1 Railway Track.