PESHAWAR - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has asked Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal to fulfil the commitment made with him regarding construction of ‘western route’ under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in letter and spirit.

It was reminded to the federal minister through a letter written to him on March 04 (Friday). Through the letter, the chief minister invited the attention of the federal minister to the decisions taken in a meeting held on February 15.

The decisions taken in the said meeting included that under the CPEC, the Western Corridor will have eight industrial parks established at Batagram, Mansehra, Haripur, Karnal Sher Khan Interchange on Motorway (M1), Malakand-Chakdara Interchange, Swat, Bannu (on Indus Highway) and DI Khan.

For this purpose, the provincial government will provide commercial feasibility in due course of time.

The second decision that the Planning Commission would initiate action to ensure that all the requisite amenities like electricity, gas, telephone lines, fibre optics, railway line and all other relevant services will be provided by the federal government as soon as the land is made available for the aforesaid industrial parks.

The industrial parks agreed with the provincial government will be included in the economic policy, transport and social sector policy and IT development program as CPEC components.

In addition to these commitments, circular railway line from Peshawar to Nowshera, Mardan, Charsadda and back to Peshawar, western railway track from DI Khan to Peshawar, Motorway from DI Khan to Peshawar and Motorway from Karak to Taxila via Kohat-Jhand may also be included as components of the corridor of CPEC.

The letter further reminded that during the meeting it was also proposed that a representative of the provincial government may be formally associated with CPEC Directorate Islamabad on full time basis while members of the provincial government will be included in the Joint Working Groups (JWG) and Joint Coordination Committee (JCC), Energy, Industry, Transport Committee and any other group of CPEC from now onwards.

It was also decided in the meeting that the ground breaking ceremony of western route will be held on 18th July, 2016. The Planning Commission will ensure and communicate in writing, funds availability and their allocation along with fixed timelines for western corridor and its allied facilities.

Through the letter, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has conveyed his unflinching faith to his commitments and expressed his indeed conviction that the decisions on the agreed items would be implemented in their true spirit and in order to dispel the misconception about western corridor there is a need to provide credible evidence to the public at large, who hold the interest of the province very dear to their hearts.

The KP chief minister has requested the acknowledgement of commitments through a written reply, which he will be awaiting eagerly, it concluded.