Chinese project worried India: It has been confirmed independently by India that the presence of troops of China in Baltistan and Gilgit is a bit enlarging in the terms of numbers, the number of works and projects are the real concern which China has undertaken in POK Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and in those areas, and growing larger. At last count, at least seventeen confirmed projects had been noticed by South Block in POK and Gilgit-Baltistan. More than half the Chinese projects are constituted in the areas under the control of Pakistan, because the status of the areas is disputed; make it a cause of major concern. In Pakistan 122 Chinese companies are active and involvement of most of the companies in the projects is in the areas of Gilgit-Blatistan and POK. Sources said that China’s involvement in almost every key sector has suddenly increased, the responsibility of building the basic infrastructure in the area has been virtually taken itself by China. Providing mobile connectivity services, building highways, power projects and rail links are the major projects in the list. The China Road and Bridge Corporation (Karakoram Highway up gradation) this project has been taken up, through its Exim Bank a preferential credit of $327 million has been given in a project of $491 million. Two other MOUs widening of the Skardu-Jaglot road and double laning of the Karakoram Highway also have been signed. Between Havelian and the Khunjerab Pass along the Karakoram Highway a 750 kms long is the Pakistan China rail link. A joint venture has been agreed between Pakistan and China to establish Pakistan Railways and Dongfang Electric Corporation on this route to run only freight trains.
Jhelum Bridge: On River Jhelum at Dhangali (Mirpur Distt.) Pakistan has awarded a contract for the construction of a major bridge, to a Chinese state company, for Rs. 1.2 billion. On strategically important a 167 km long Gilgit-Skardu road, five existing bailey bridges are being replaced by a Chinese company (Xinjiang Road and Bridge Construction Company).
Minning: A mineral exploration exercise has been allowed in this areas to a Chinese company named as MCC Resources Development Company Ltd. The reconnaissance licence has been given to the company by the Gilgit-Baltistan government. A proposal of $6 million investment for mining in those areas has been submitted by Pakistan Surpass Mining Company, is the subsidiary of Chin’s Xinjiang Surpass Mining Company Ltd. A Molybdenum processing plant and a hydro power station has been planned in Chupurshan Valley. On the Karakoram Highway, 200 km from Gilgit the Sust dry port is managed by Pak-China Sust Port Company in a joint venture. In the joint venture the Chinese side is the principal stakeholder, which has been opened four years ago. Mobile services are provided by China mobile in certain areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and POK. More towers and coverage expantion are the major plans of the company. It is said to have agreed a project of 4500 MW by the China to finance this $11.3 billion. For the construction of the dam China Three Gorges Project Corporation has agreed to provide the services and in the development of the project Sinihydro has shown the full interest. Magla dam raising project have almost completed in a joint venture of some Pakistani companies and China International Water & Electric Corporation. The irrigation average annual water availability will increase by about three million acre feet. At least 4 other power projects has been taken up by the China in these areas in Gilgit-Baltistan Bhunji project, (1100 MW) Kohala Project, Naltar project and more likely Phendar, Yurlbo and Harpo the smaller projects. A soft loan of $300 million has been provided to Pakistan by China for rehabilitation and reconstruction works as follow up on the relief of the victims of earthquake in the areas. The Karakoram Highway project has been put back to track as following the recent floods and rains. A further aid of $9 million has been given for the relief work in which many of the military personnel are involved the aid may be increased.Share