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The government of Gilgit Baltistan is funding four new projects with the hope of achieving positive reinforcement of the socioeconomic status of the land and its population. It has been reported that the National Logistics Cell (NLC) has started work on said projects with a no-profit and no-loss strategy. This step is anticipated to promote the tourism industry, provide high-quality medical services, address water contamination and environmental issues of the area
According to Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Gilgit-Baltistan will receive Rs.15 billion for development schemes. These projects include renovating the road from Gilgit to Naltar, building a progressive cardiac hospital, a polytechnic institute and a sewage treatment plant in the expanse. NLC has set up a special Project Monitoring Unit to assure speedy development of the building projects.
A written agreement is being awaited, for a 50-bed cardiac hospital that has been referred to the Project Steering Committee, Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan for a decision.
Construction of the sewage plant is reportedly in full swing and has been estimated to be completed by 2019 – a year ahead of its time! Once the construction is complete, third-party contractors will start laying down sewerage lines.
Around 35% of the work has been concluded of the construction of the polytechnic institute and classes were started in by the NLC in collaboration with the Gilgit-Baltistan education department. The Naltar road project is currently underway. The NLC has set up camps and crushing plants which have supposedly started production.
A written agreement is being awaited, for a 50-bed cardiac hospital that has been referred to the Project Steering Committee, Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan for a decision. However, a verbal agreement has been made by the committee in a meeting with the proposers.
If these developments come to life, it is undoubted that they will bring great advancements to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and to the tourism industry of Karachi. The progress seems hopeful, however this government, like every other, have a lot of promises to fulfill!