Posted by : shabbirbhutta Thursday, 24 November 2016

There were Plans for a corridor stretching from the Chinese border to Pakistan's deep water ports on the Arabian Sea date back to the 1950s, and first of all both the countries were motivated in construction of the Karakoram Highway.

The Karakoram Highway (KKH), also known as the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway, is one of the highest paved international roads in the world. It connects the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and Gilgit–Baltistan of Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass (Pak-China Border), located at an elevation of 4,693 metres (15,397 ft). The Karakoram Highway has its North end at Kashgar, Xinjiang, China and South end at Hasan Abdal, Punjab, Pakistan. The road is a popular tourist attraction. It is referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

Chinese had an interest in Pakistan's deep-water harbour at Gwadar had been rekindled by 1998 and in 2002 China began construction at Gwadar port which was completed in 2006. The above plans have been executed in terms of The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (known as CPEC) is an economic corridor comprising a collection of following projects. CPEC aims to facilitate trade along an overland route that connects Kashgar (China) and Gwadar (Pakistan).

List of major projects - CPEC

1)      Gwadar Port  
2)      Gwadar-Ratodero Motorway            
3)      Dawood wind power project
4)      E-35 Expressway (Hazara Motorway)           
5)      Iran–Pakistan gas pipeline     
6)      Reconstruction of the Karakoram Highway  
7)      Karachi–Lahore Motorway Multan to Sukkur segment        
8)      Karot Hydropower Project    
9)      Orange Line (Lahore Metro)  
10)  Pakistan Port Qasim Power Project   
11)  Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park      
12)  Sahiwal Coal Power Project  
13)  Western Alignment projects in Balochistan province.           
14)  Brahma Bahtar-Yarik Motorway       
15)  Pakistan-China Fiber Optic Project   
16)  Economic Corridor Support Force     
17)  Main-Line 1 railway overhaul between Karachi and Peshawar         
18)  Havelian Abbottabad Dry Port          
19)  China-Pakistan Joint Cotton Bio-Tech Laboratory   
20)  China-Pakistan Joint Marine Research Center           
21)  Hubco coal power plant project         
22)  Gwadar East Bay Expressway          
23)  Gwadar Hospital        
24)  Gwadar International Airport            
25)  Gwadar-Nawabshah LNG terminal and pipeline project      
26)  Jhimpir wind power project   
27)  Main Line 2 and 3 railway overhaul  
28)  Matiari to Faisalabad transmission line          
29)  Matiari to Lahore Transmission Line
30)  Salt Range coal power project           
31)  Suki Kinari Hydropower Project       
32)  Thar Engro Coal Power Project         
33)  Thar Block II coal power project       
34)  Khunjerab Railway

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