The director general of the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) has lifted the four-year ban on issuance of No-Objection Certificate for any kind of construction and development activities in Gwadar with immediate effect.
A notification issued in this regard reads: “In exercise of powers conferred under Section 9 of the GDA Act 2003, and with the prior approval of the competent authority, it is hereby notified that the ban on all kinds of NOCs for housing, commercial, industrial, recreational, warehouses and all types of construction and development activities within the jurisdiction of Gwadar Development Authority is here lifted with immediate effect.”
In 2016, the GDA had imposed the ban initially for a period of six months on the grounds that it was in the process of revision of the Gwadar master plan as a “smart port city master plan” to meet the needs of a modern port city.
Mohsin Sheikhani, Chairman of Association of Builders and Developers, has applauded lifting of the four-year ban on issuance of No-Objection Certificate for any kind of construction and development activities in Gwadar with immediate effect. He said lifting of the ban would not only create millions of jobs for the people of Gwadar but it would also have positive effects on Balochistan and Pakistan’s economy.