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CPEC tower to be built in capital

March 07, 2017

ISLAMABAD: A CPEC tower will be constructed in Islamabad, which will be the tallest in the city.

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said the iconic tower would attract investors and serve as a symbol of branding Pak-China Friendship, says a press release issued by the Planning Commission of Pakistan.

It said the decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Minister Ahsan Iqbal. A committee to be headed by Malik Ahmed Khan, Member Infrastructure, will work on the proposed tower.

Speaking on the occasion, Ahsan Iqbal laid down the tasks for the committee. Directions were given to conduct a feasibility study after identifying a suitable site. The acquisition of land in the light of the feasibility study was also ordered.

“The committee should sit with relevant departments to resolve issues of building codes and regulations” said the minister. The initiative will provide facilitation to Chinese and other investors from around the world.

He said the tower would help in the image building of Islamabad as a sustainable and vibrant city thriving upon entrepreneurship, science and technology, research and development, finance and culture.

An official of the CDA said it was yet to be decided where the tower would be constructed. “The project is at the initial stage, various sites are under consideration. We are also looking for a site in Mauve Area near Kashmir Highway and sector G-6,” he said.

Published in Dawn, March 7th, 2017