Murad okays two special economic zones in Nooriabad and Bholari

Published July 21, 2020
The chief minister directed the Board of Revenue (BoR) to hand over the possession of 1,535 acres of land to DSEZ. — DawnNewsTV/File
The chief minister directed the Board of Revenue (BoR) to hand over the possession of 1,535 acres of land to DSEZ. — DawnNewsTV/File

KARACHI: Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved establishment of two special economic zones — in Nooriabad and Bholari — and decided to hand over the possession for formally launching the Dhabeji Special Economic Zone, near Karachi.

He made these decisions while presiding over two different meetings on Monday. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, and others.

Presiding over the third board meeting of the Special Economic Zone Authority (SEZA), the CM approved two applications under which two special economic zones would be established.

The meeting was informed that the Services Industries Limited had collaborated to set up a mega production facility for the manufacturing of tyres to serve the demand of the domestic market as well as export to other countries.

Says 26 more patients died of coronavirus across the province

It was further informed that the project cost was estimated at $250 million and the targeted production capacity was said to be 2.4m tyres per annum.

The meeting was told that it would be set up on land measuring 50 acres in SITE-Nooriabad and the project would export around 85 per cent of the total production capacity to other countries.

The chief minister approved the request for establishment of a service special economic zone.

The CM was also briefed about the status for the Naushahro Feroze Industrial Park, which would primarily based on agro food.

The purpose of establishing the industrial park was to promote the agro-based industrialisation in the province as per international standards.

The zone will cater to the trade and industrialisation needs of the country. It will be established over an area of 80 acres.

The chief minister endorsed the applications for SEZ status for the Bholari Special Economic Zone.

The Bholari Special Economic Zone is Pakistan’s first private sector special economic zone situated at Bholari in district Jamshoro on the M-9 Motorway (Karachi-Hyderabad).

Its objective is to promote industrialisation in the country, which will positively contribute towards strengthening the economy of the province of Sindh and Pakistan as a whole.

It will be established over an area of 282.5 acres with an investment of over Rs20 billion.

BoR asked to hand over land to DSEZ

Chairing another meeting of the Dhabeji Special Economic Zone (DSEZ), the chief minister directed the Board of Revenue (BoR) to hand over the possession of 1,535 acres of land to DSEZ so that further process of development of the zone could be started.

The meeting was informed that the provincial government had allocated 1,530 acres being developed as DSEZ in Thatta near Karachi.

It was informed that a priority project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would facilitate the potential investors of China and other countries to either start new enterprises or transfer their facilities to Pakistan.

The DSEZ is being developed on a public-private partnership mode with an investment of over $50bn. The project will generate over 50,000 jobs for skilled and unskilled youth.

Mr Shah approved the future extension of 1,500 acres and directed the authorities to speed up the work of water supply, infrastructure and external network.

He was told that multiple bids had been received from the potential developers for the development of the DSEZ and were currently under evaluation.

The chief minister directed the BoR for immediate allotment of land to NTDC and construction of a grid station at the doorstep of the zone.

It is worth mentioning that the federal government had approved Rs3.94bn for construction of a dedicated grid station for this project.

26 die, 546 test positive overnight

Earlier, the CM said that coronavirus claimed 26 more lives and infected 546 others overnight, lifting the death toll to 2,019 and tally of the cases to 113,553 in Sindh.

In a statement issued here from CM House, he said that overnight 897 patients recovered.

“The number of patients recovered so far has reached 92,934 that constituted 81 per cent recovery rate,” he said, adding that 546 new cases of coronavirus emerged when 7,069 samples were tested which constituted 8pc current detection rate.

He added that so far 649,917 samples had been tested against which 113,553 cases were diagnosed that came to 17pc overall detection rate.

According to him, currently 18,600 patients are under treatment, including 17,824 in home isolation, 64 at isolation centres and 712 in different hospitals.

He added that the condition of 535 patients was stated to be critical, including 75 shifted to ventilators.

Mr Shah said that out of 546 new cases, 179 belonged to Karachi. They include 50 in district South, 38 each in East and Korangi, 27 in Central, 19 in Malir and seven in district West.

He added that Khairpur had 29 cases, Ghotki 21, Sukkur 18, Tando Mohammad Khan 17, Sujawal and Jamshoro 15 each, Larkana and Jacobabad 13 each, Naushahro Feroze 11, Umerkot and Matiari nine each, Dadu and Thatta four each, Sanghar three and Shaheed Benazirabad and Badin had one case each.

Published in Dawn, July 21st, 2020


Climate & youth

Climate & youth

Disillusionment and anxiety are on the rise among youth as they confront the diminishing prospects of a better tomorrow.
Our exclusivity syndrome
Updated 17 Oct 2021

Our exclusivity syndrome

Pakistan needs at least a minimum level of inclusivity that can keep alive democratic values.
Shafqat Kakakhel
Updated 16 Oct 2021

Shafqat Kakakhel

COP26 has to achieve consensus on several issues.


Carnage in Kandahar
Updated 17 Oct 2021

Carnage in Kandahar

Pakistan’s anti-extremism policy is in many ways half-baked and inconsistent.
17 Oct 2021

Sanctity of contracts

PAKISTAN is facing yet another international dispute before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment...
17 Oct 2021

New sports policy

THIS week, the Pakistan Football Federation Normalisation Committee chief Haroon Malik was in Zurich to hold ...
Diminishing freedom
Updated 16 Oct 2021

Diminishing freedom

DESPITE the serious reservations of digital rights activists and tech companies, the federal government has...
16 Oct 2021

Dirty politics

IN her outburst against Prime Minister Imran Khan this week, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz may not have taken names but...
16 Oct 2021

Decreasing emissions

THE announcement by SAPM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam that carbon emissions in the country came down by 9pc...