ISLAMABAD (News Desk): A total of Rs 13.123 billion is required in funds to provide utilities including 880.3MW electricity and 393.5 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) gas to seven Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the current year 2020. According to documents available with the Business Recorder, approximately Rs 18.5 billion will be incurred on provision of power to nine SEZs under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Power Division has prepared a comprehensive plan in consultation with provincial governments for provision of uninterrupted electricity to the industrial zones. The PC-I has been prepared by the Power Division and Rs 1.4 billion already earmarked in the Public Sector development Programme (PSDP) 2019-2020. Board of Investment (BoI) is prioritizing the power supply to the SEZs in consultation with the Power Division and the SEZ developers. At least 320 MW of electricity is required for M-3 Industrial City Faisalabad, while 40 MW is available. A total of 155.5 MW of electricity is required for Bin Qasim Industrial Park, Karachi as just 4.5 MW is available. Likewise, a total of 237.8MW of electricity is required for Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park, Sheikhupura, while only 2.2 MW is available. TwoMW of electricity is required for Korangi Creek Industrial Park, Karachi and 1.5 MW is available. Electricity is not available to Hattar Special Economic Zone, while 160 MW power is required for it. A total of 100 mmcfd gas is required for M-3 Industrial City, Faisalabad, 16 mmcfd for Value Addition City, Faisalabad, 65 mmcfd for Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park, Sheikupura, 3.5 mmcfd for Khairpur Special Economic Zone, nine mmcfd for Korangi Creek Industrial park, Karachi, 10 mmcfd gas for Bin Qasim Industrial Park, Karachi, 20 mmcfd for Hattar Special Economic Zone, 30 mmcfd for Rashakai SEZ, Nowshera KP, 125 mmcfd for Allama Iqbal Industrial Estate M-3, Faisalabad, and 15 mmcfd gas for China Special Economic Zone Dhabeji, Thatta. General incentives of utilities for SEZs, gas, electricity and others would be provided at the zero-point of the zones. Captive power generation is permissible to developers of the zones. Chinese Consul General Long Dingbin said the work on CPEC’s projects remain uninterrupted in wake of coronavirus epidemic. In interview with the Economic Daily-China Economic Net, on novel coronavirus infection, Long said that China is doing its best to prevent and control the pneumonia epidemic and keep up the pace of development work. The Chinese Consulate General Lahore was designated officials to contact the person in charge of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in the consular area to ensure that no epidemic occurs on the project site and that the project is completed as scheduled. Chinese employees insist on construction during Spring Festival, countering rumors of project shutdown. Long said that since the outbreak of the epidemic in China, CPEC has become the focus of attention of all parties, and some rumors of suspension of CPEC projects have been raised. The Consulate General maintains close communication with the corridor projects in the consular area, especially the “Orange Line” project and Matiari to Lahore ±660kV HVDC Transmission Line Project. ” We learned that these projects still on construction during the Chinese Spring Festival. And this means the reports of CPEC ptojects were suspended are not true. We will strictly abide by the regulations on the prevention and control of the epidemic in Pakistan and take effective measures to protect the staff of both sides to ensure that no epidemic occurs at the project site and the project is completed as scheduled, ” he added. The Chinese consulate general will actively support and help the project in dealing with the shortage of manpower and the problems of visa application, Long said. He pointed out that in order to prevent outbreaks in Pakistan. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate General in Pakistan has carried out a lot of work an increased supervision of Chinese citizens returning to Pakistan after the Luna new year. First, make sure that the above personnel are not from Hubei. Second, it is required to delay the time of going to Pakistan as far as possible. Those who really need to go to Pakistan in the near future have to spend 14-day quarantine period at home prior to their departure and also to spend another 14-day quarantine period after their arrival. The Chinese Consulate General in Lahore use its website and WeChat to promptly release prevention and control notices such as the specific measures for Chinese citizens to prevent the epidemic and the standard operating procedures announced by Pakistan. It has also set up a registration and reporting system for people from China to Punjab Province, required Chinese-funded institutions and Chinese citizens to file information of people who have come to Punjab or planned to visit Pakistan since the end of December, conduct self-quarantine, and update the information daily on the WeChat platform.