KARACHI - The Sindh government has indicated that no state land is available for setting up China Special Economic Zone in the province, official sources told The Nation. However, the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) has already cleared the proposed scheme for establishing China Economic Zone at Shahdadpur in Sanghar district of the province, for consideration of CDWP to provide requisite funding of Rs548.347 million from federal government. Sources said that the Industries Dept of Sindh government has conveyed to the authorities concerned about the non-availability of 100 acres state land as main issue before setting up of China Special Economic Zone in Sindh. Quoting the proceeding of recently held meeting of PDWP under the chair of Secretary of Planning and Development Department, sources said that EDO Revenue Sanghar District has also confirmed that there was no state land near Shahdadpur for setting up proposed industrial zone; however private land could be obtained along Tando Adam Shadadpur road in the district. Meanwhile, a huge amount of about Rs200 million is required to acquire private land to establish China Economic Zone as prevailing market price of the private land is estimated at Rs1.2 million to Rs2 million per acre land in the province, official said. Official maintained that the proposed scheme has been prepared on the special directives of President Asif Ali Zardari, while funding for the scheme will be borne by the federal government. An amount of Rs548.347 million will be spent to develop the infrastructure including purchasing of land, provision of water supply, electricity and other facilities at the proposed industrial zone. The 'China Special Economic Zone at Shahdadpur supposed to be developed on an area of 100 acres where all necessary infrastructure of internal roads, gas, electricity, water works/disposal works, buildings, compound wall etc would be provided for setting up small and cottage industries. Official pointed out that although specific funding was not available for the project; however as the Services General Administration & Coordination Department (SGA&CD) was regularly seeking implementation status/progress report on the directives of President, so the scheme has been cleared by the PDWP and will be sent to the federal government for consideration of CDWP very soon and to arrange funding. It may be noted that the proposed industrial zone will be initiated with the joint venture of China, for setting up the numbers of industries like cattle feed, poultry farming, hotel, motel, light engineering workshop, milk plant, oil expelling units, flour milling, rice husking, steel doors and windows, food industry and agriculture accessories at the industrial zone. Furthermore, the 'China Special Industrial Zone would bring foreign investment as well as our skilled artisans/craftsmen be able to aware themselves with the modern techniques and compete at an international level.