While replying to a question by Marvi Memon,MNA on behalf of Minister for Ports and Shipping during Question Hour, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman said that Frontier Works Organization started construction work of rail link with Gwadar port in November last year.She said that feasibility study was also being conducted for construction of 110‑km additional rail track linking Gwadar with rest of the country.
She further said that National Highway Authority (NHA) has already provided road connectivity to Gwadar port and was building more roads to provide connectivity to this port not only with other parts of the country but also Afghanistan,Central Asia and China.
To a supplementary question,she said that a plant for desalination of sea water has been set up to provide clean drinking water to the residents of Gwadar.
In the written reply Minister for Ports and Shipping said that efforts are underway for export of cement to Middle East and Persian gulf through Gwadar port.He said that a free zone will be set up at Gwadar for port related industries and businesses to supplement the port activities.
He said that import of wheat,fertilizer and coal had already started following the approval of Cabinet Coordination Committee of the Cabinet on December 8,2008.