KARACHI - The Sindh government has instructed the officials of Board of Revenue to reserve at least 3,000 acres of land for establishment of Japan Economic/Industrial Zone adjacent to National Highway/Coastal Highway near Karachi, officials informed The Nation. Moreover, a number of meetings of the Sindh government have also been held at different levels to make implementation of the economic zone exclusively for Japanese investors, while no location and area of land available for investors have been finalised yet, sources added. The Advisor to Chief Minister on Investment and Chairman Sindh Board of Investment (SBOI) in a letter to the authorities concerned unveiled that Japan government has shown great interest in setting up a Japan Special Economic Zone near Karachi, while SBOI has also requested the Sindh government to earmark 2,000 acres of land for the purpose. The Japanese investors during their high-level delegation visit few months back, showed willingness to invest in Sindh, officials said. The sources said that the provincial government has convened number of meetings to make available land and other facilities necessary at the site. After identification of the land, a formal request is to be made by the Japan External Trade Related Organisation (JETRO) through Japanese government for allotment of land indicating timeline and the details about quantum of investment number and type of industries planned to be set up by the potential Japanese investor, sources said. Keeping big chunk of investment in pipeline, the Sindh government has started identification of land on priority basis. Meanwhile, the Additional Chief Secretary of Planning and Development Department has also convened meetings to make proper implementation of the proposal possible; however instruction were made to the Land Utilization to reserve a chunk of land measuring 2500 to 3000 acres near Abbas Steel Mills Dhabeji for the establishment of Special Economic Zone. Besides exclusive Japan economic zone, it has also been decided that a comprehensive study regarding the availability of sustainable land for establishing Special Economic Zones for foreign investors like Korean, Gulf and European investors be carried through NIP. Official sources disclosed that EDO Revenue Thatta on the instructions of Land Utilisation Department has submitted a report indicating availability of 5000 acres land in 'Deh Kohistan of 'Tehsil Thatta for the establishment of the said special zone. According to a senior official, the Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Department has termed the identified land as unfeasible to attract any investor because it was at a distance of 14 kilometers from National highway. However, the authorities concerned directed the District Revenue authorities to identify land preferably adjacent to National highway/Coastal highway, having available most of the infrastructure facilities. Meanwhile, it was also decided that EDO Revenue Thatta would undertake the mapping of the area in consultation with Director Land Survey Settlement and provide complete details of already leased out land, including date of allotment, purpose, name of allotee with NIC number on National Highway near Dhabeji and both sides of coastal Highway traversing through Thatta. Similarly, the details of availability of unencumbered land with demarcation on the map be provided by the EDO Revenue concerned within 15 days positively. Furthermore, a summary has been moved by Planning and Development Department seeking approval of the Chief Minister Sindh for constituting a steering committee under Chief Secretary with Additional Chief Secretary (Development), Secretaries Finance and Land Utilisation as members to speed up land allotment process.