KARACHI - The government has prepared a plan to establish 'China Special Industrial Zone in the province, sources told The Nation. The proposed project has been prepared on the special directives of President Asif Ali Zardari, while funding for the scheme will be borne by the federal government, sources said. An amount of Rs548.347 million will be spent to develop the infrastructure including purchasing of land, provision of water supply, electricity and other facilities at the proposed industrial zone. According to the officials concerned, the proposed 'China Special Industrial Zone would be established at Shahdadpur in District Sanghar Sindh where industrial zone already exists. However, Sindh Small Industries Corporation (SSIC) of the Sindh Industries Department will be the executing agency of the scheme which is expected to be completed in 2 years. The proposed industrial zone will be initiated with the joint venture of China, which will spread on over an area of 100 acres of land, an official said, adding that establishment of numbers of industries like cattle feed, poultry farming, hotel, motel, light engineering workshop, milk plant, oil expelling units, flour milling, rice husking, steel doors & windows, food industry and agriculture accessories have been proposed at the Industrial zone. A senior official of the Sindh government observed that proposal for establishing China Special Industrial Zone was the outcome of the recent visits of President Asif Zardari, where he convinced Chinese investors to make investment in Pakistan. He argued that the 'China Special Industrial Zone would bring foreign investment as well as our skilled artisans/craftsmen be able to aware themselves with the modern techniques and compete at an international level. Seeking the final approval, the Sindh government has sent a summary of project to the President. The demand by the locals to establish China Special Industrial Zone at Shahdadpur is ever exceeding after colonisation of Sindh Industrial Estate Shahdadpur. According to the summary of the proposed project available with The Nation, the government will spend Rs150 million to purchase 100 acres of land which includes Rs1.5 million cost of per acre of land. The official concerned further said that the Sindh Small Industries Corporation has so far established small industrial estates in rural areas to urban centres. However, it has also planned to establish Small Industries Estates in every district of the province. The present PPP led coalition government has already initiated various uplift schemes to develop infrastructure for Industrial estates in Sindh, an official said, adding that President Zardari had assured the funds from federal government, has issued directives to the provincial authorities and asked for making projects to increase facilities at existing industrial zones.