QUETTA: The Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Air Marshal retired Khalid Chaudhary informed the Balochistan Government on Sunday that the CAA had acquired 43,000 acres of land for the proposed Gwadar Airport Project and would soon start construction to build the biggest airport terminal building in the province.
The director general of the CAA met with chief secretary Mir Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri and briefed him about the Gwadar airport project. He also informed the chief secretary that funds amounting to $17million were received from Oman for the project.
The new airport at Gwadar is to be equipped with modern equipment and facilities both for passengers and cargo handling, the director general told the Balochistan chief secretary.
The Gwadar airport project was planned when former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf decided to build the Gwadar Deepwater Port in 2002. Oman made the commitment to finance the project from day one.
It took more than nine years to initiate the project in the remote corner of Balochistan which is located on the mouth of the Persian Gulf and is the nearest place to the Gulf Waterway.
According to independent economists, if overflight facilities are granted to international airlines for refueling at Gwadar International Airport, then it will outshine Dubai Airport and other neighbouring airports in terms of importance.
However, the chief secretary had explained the stance of the provincial government and informed the director general of CAA that Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani had already declared Gwadar to be the winter capital of Balochistan.
The government was determined to give a big boost to development activities in and around Gwadar ensuring the pace of development. This project will be part of the governmentís plan to make the Gwadar Deepwater Port functional and operational without any delay as it is linked with the economic prosperity of the people of Balochistan.
CAA purchases land to build Gwadar International Airport – The Express Tribune