By Muhammad Afzal

The federal government is financing and implementing a number of projects in Balochistan to address major gaps in infrastructure as well as human development indicators.

According to official sources, construction of the Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab-Khuzdar-Ratodero motorway and Hoshab-Basima-Sorab highway would improve the province`s connectivity with other parts of the country.

The federal government had launched a four billion rupees project in collaboration with the province for building houses for the earthquake survivors of Awaran.

Allocation under the federal Public Sector Development Programme for Balochistan had been increased this year by 37 per cent to sixty-one billion rupees.  Fifteen billion rupees had been earmarked in the PSDP for a `Special Development Package` for Balochistan , which was the highest among the provinces.

Balochistan would be the main beneficiary of the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and hoped that development of the Gwadar Port and city along with a modern airport and improved inland connectivity would make it a hub of national and regional trade.

Ten billion rupees per annum was being released under the Aghaz-Huqooq-i-Balochistan package.  Universities in Lasbela, Quetta, Loralai and Turbat were being financed, a Comsats Institute of Technology was being set up in Jaffarabad and special provision had been made for scholarships for the students of Balochistan .

Recently, five hundred million rupees have been released for setting up a cold storage facility in Turbat and 142 development projects in the province are being supported through the Federal Government programme.

Meanwhile, the Balochistan government had made meaningful progress in socio-economic development including reconstruction of  Quaid-i-Azam`s Ziarat Residency in record time, holding of local government elections, rehabilitation of earthquake survivors, implementation of major infrastructure and social sector projects and improvement of the security environment.

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