Gilgit Baltistan Development Package

Engineering Post Report

The Gilgit Baltistan province comprising  area of 72496 square kilometers and population of 1.5 million has the potential  for developmental investment in hydel energy, mineral and tourism sectors.

However, development of Gilgiit-Baltistan  faces four main challenges: 1)a mountainous terrain,making development activities  difficult;2) contains geographically dispersed  population causing  high cost of service delivery;3) lags behind  in private and public sector investments with minimal development infrastructure; and 4) lacks institutional capacity  due to its nominally autonomous constitutional status.

Hydro power generation remained  an integral part of Annual Development Programme of Gilgit-Baltistan  and to utilize  this potential, the sector remained  major recipient  of the allocation during 2020-21 and work on regional  grid in Gilgit-Baltistan was in progress. In addition, projects with installed capacity of 198.6 MW have been completed. During financial year 2020-21, 20 power generation projects were completed.

In infrastructure sector, 460 kilometers shingle roads were constructed, 240 KM shingle roads  were upgraded to  metalled roads, 45 bridges of all types and 8 km of irrigation channels were constructed and 7 water purification  plants were also I                                                                                                                                               installed.

Gi;git-Baltistan government has initiated an economic transformation project  costing Rs 17 billion. The project would bring 50 thousand acres of additional land under command and  construct 400 KM  farm to market roads.

Through Gilgit Development Authority  and Skardu Development Authority, public parks,  libraries ,open spaces and recreational centers in both largest urban centers of Gilgit-Baltistan  were in the process of being constructed and larger  portion of physical work had already been completed. In order to address environmental issues, integrated approach  for drinking and sewerage system  had been adopted for all district headquarters of the province.