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Print Print 2024-03-25

Reko Diq project: foolproof security ordered by PM

  • PM Shehbaz says consultations should be held with all stakeholders regarding the project at the official level and all the obstacles should be removed
Published March 25, 2024

LAHORE: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed for ensuring foolproof security for those working on the Reko Diq mining project and for the logistics and transport from Reko Diq to the Gwadar seaport.

He issued the directives while chairing an important meeting regarding the Reko Diq mining project here on Sunday. A delegation of Barrick Gold Company led by its Chief Executive Officer Mark Bristow participated in the meeting through video link.

Premier Shehbaz Sharif said consultations should be held with all stakeholders regarding the project at the official level and all the obstacles should be removed.

Barrick Gold delegation calls on PM: ‘Reko Diq project’s feasibility to be completed this year’

He said planning should be initiated for improvement in the communication infrastructure especially railway lines for utilising the minerals of Balochistan, adding work for the upgradation of the road network to link Reko Diq project with Gwadar port by road, should be completed at the earliest. Wherever new roads were being constructed, the pace of construction should be increased, he remarked.

The prime minister said a strategy should be formed for the feasibility of a rail and road network from Reko Diq to Gwadar port.

He said the railway line project from Reko Diq to Gwadar would make access to the port short and easy and as compared to Bin Qasim port the distance would also be less. The new railway line would be beneficial for the mineral-rich district of Chaghi and the mining industry would expand, he added.

The PM also sought a detailed briefing next week on the Reko Diq road and rail connectivity project.

He also instructed that all hurdles should be removed at the official level for early completion of the environment and social impact assessment regarding the Reko Diq project.

During the meeting, it was told that the feasibility of the Reko Diq project would be completed by December 2024.

Every month, 6000 containers would be transported from the Reko Diq project to the port. The concentrate pipeline of the project would be the second-longest slurry pipeline in the world. The mining company would construct the link road from Reko Diq to the national highway M-40.

It was further told that the 103-kilometer Nokandi to Mashkhel road, which would connect Reko Diq to the Gwadar port, was 58 percent complete.

Minister for Finance and Revenue Muhammad Aurangzeb, Minister for Petroleum Musadiq Malik, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Muhammad Jehanzeb and high-level officials attended the meeting.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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KU Mar 25, 2024 08:40am
Should listen to CEO Mark Bristol's take on poor status of local community with no access to water and health. Our shameful concern for citizens for last 75 years, it goes on.
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Saba Fatima Mar 25, 2024 10:28am
Aslam walkum bhai mujhe help ke zarorat he bhot
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E Mar 25, 2024 01:39pm
If the gov had been capable and had independent foriegn policy pakistan gov would have been mining itself. Similar "investments" by french have wrecked the Africa.
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Pakistani1 Mar 25, 2024 01:39pm
The word Foolproof is baffling when used by those is power! Does this mean that all other security is superficial and we live in illusion of having security?
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