A new road will be constructed with a cost of Rs 4 billion from Bahawalpur to Jhangra to connect the Bahawalpur Industrial Zone with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan Minister for Industries and Production Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar said on Sunday afternoon.
He said another new road will also be constructed from the Industrial Estate to Iqbalabad in Rahim Yar Khan to connect it with CPEC.
The minister, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan Dr Khurram Shahzad visited the Rahim Yar Khan Industrial Estate here.
During the visit, Bakhtiar said Prime Minister Imran Khan was expected to visit Bahawalpur on August 11 in order to launch Bahawalpur Electric Power Company (BEPCO) and construction of road from Bahawalpur to Jhangra to connect Bahawalpur Industrial Zone with CPEC with a cost of Rs 4 billion.
Addressing the delegation of industrialists during his visit, the federal minister said that progress in the fields of industries and engineering could boost the development of a country.
He said the government was committed to improving the living standards of the masses and providing all the basic facilities.
Bakhtiar said the second phase of 317 acres Industrial Estate would be approved shortly which will comprise more facilities. He said that a road would be constructed from Industrial Estate to Iqbalabad to connect it with CPEC.
He said Bahawalpur and Gujranwala were being made exemplary divisions for industrial estates. He assured the delegation that the supply of gas to the industrial estate would be made at the earliest.
Bakhtiar also told the delegation that he would raise issues related to returning withholding tax and reduction in sales tax at the government level and with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).