Existing Gwadar Town is located adjacent to the Free Trade Port and Koh-e Baatil, between the curved strip of east (Demi Zer) and west (Pedi Zer) bays. Its overall length is about 2.5 kms and width is about ¾ km. Total population is about one lakh (0.1 million). There is only one Main Road, which meets the Airport Road at Javed Complex on North and on other end towards the main Bazar. Being oldest city, its inner streets are narrow, whereas streets around Mula Fazal chowk, Mujahid Ward, Baloch Ward and in the vicinity of civil hospital are comparatively wide. Main town lies in
between, south Fish Harbor (mini port, west Fish Harbor Road, North PIA office and east Demi Zer (east bay). In the near future this will be port express way (Demi Zer) road. Most of the streets are non mettled, and there is no proper sanitation system. It seems that district Govt. health department doesn’t look into it, due to which this town still exists, and there is no significance of any new development. When areas outside and around are being developed with modern technology, no attention is being given to this old town. One justification is given that this area will be re-located at some other places (Peshukan and Surbandar low cost housing project).
But this philosophy is not understood because still no fruitful arrangements to re-locate this population are seen. People are ready if compensated properly. With the passage of time, I think re-location will be more difficult, except some areas around the port vicinity or lying on port express way road, which will be definitely re-located due to urgent govt. needs for port operation. But if some good arrangements are made at an early stage with good planning to re-locate this town, then there will be the beautiful face of new Gwadar.
In presence of this locality there will be many problems in future. Shifting of one lakh population is not a matter for the Govt. Govt. is spending billions of rupees on development; I don’t think there will be any problem to give a good package to these residents. After the ongoing, and new developments when there will be business activities in Gwadar, this area will be the centre of sick activities and a black spot on the face of new Gwadar, which will create hindrance at many stages.