Based on the Initial
concept of Institute, the cost in 1992 rupee value was
estimated to be Rs. 3.0 billion equal to US 100 Million for
phase I. The estimate in 1995, as give in the Feasibility
Study, was Rs. 4.0 billion for Phase I and about Rs. 2.0
billion for Phase II and III. Visualizing the inescapable
necessity of such a project the Prime Minister authorized a
grant for the establishment of the office and undertaking
planning work intended on this large project, besides issuing
an undertaking of providing 10% of the capital cost of the
project from the Federal Government on start of construction.
That undertaking remains on paper but may be realized after
the final estimates are ready. Had there been no change the BIAT should have been taking the first batch in 2000.
The governments of all provinces had whole-heartedly supported
the idea and promised support likewise. The Chief Minister and
the Government of Punjab were very enthusiastic on the
prospects of having such a high quality City of Science &
Technology in the province. Chief Executive called on Chief
Minister in February then in July 1992 and finally on 19
December 1992 with Dr. A.Q. Khan . The Admiral requested 4000
acres of land with the criteria that it should be unfit for
agriculture and should not belong to any individual. Chief
Minister offered 8000 acres in D.G. Khan that was not accepted
being away form the main artery of communication. Chief
Minister suggested Bahawalpur as an alternate. In addition to
meeting the criteria the CM saw it solving the Seraiki
political problem. He announced a grant for feasibility
studies and directed the Commissioner of Bahawalpur Division to
identify 4000 acres of land for the proposed Institute. However only 2051 acre was available at
one place and another 1000 acres nearby which may meet future
requirements of the City of Science and Technology. The land
was inspected by the Admiral and accepted for the BIAT.
The CM Punjab was the most enthusiastic and a great motivator
for this undertaking. The Admiral met all the subsequent Chief
Ministers who also reiterated the promise made earlier. The CM undertook:
||To contribute a
percentage of the capital cost.
||To provide the
- Gas etc. as
||Assistance of 2
officials of the Punjab Govt.
successive Chief Minster of Punjab, assured of
their complete support Mr. Watto promised to undertake
- Two comprehensive
feasibility studies have been prepared. These formed the
basic documents on which further planning work has been
- Topographical Survey of the
BIAT land has been completed. The boundary
demarcation and contour maps of 1:5000 and 1:
1000 scales have been prepared.
- Geo-technical investigation of BIAT site have been
After open competition for consultancy
Services, an Agreement was concluded with NESPAK for
the preparation of Detailed Master Plan and
Detailed Engineering Design of Bahawalpur Institute of Advanced
Technology up to the submission of the Bid Documents. The plan encompasses the completed architectural and engineering designs
of the campus buildings, services and facilities. The Detailed
Master Plan has been finalized. Preliminary Design of buildings
including Academic Areas, Hostel, residence, sports, commercial amenities
and infrastructure have been approved and preparation of Detailed Engineering
Buildings and Infrastructure is in progress and should be
completed by the end of this year...
||Series of meetings of the Admiral have been held with PARC and
experts for Environmental Development and aforestaion of the
||Boundary marking by pillars has been completed.
Follow up Tasks
Environmental development and aforestation of the land . In this connection
FASAT plans to establish a nursery at site. Irrigations department was
requested for water requirement of the nursery. Admiral held a meeting with
Chief and Superintending Engineers along with the Commissioner Bahawalpur where
they agreed to provide water for the purpose but later declined to honor the
commitment. Therefore there has been no progress in this regards. It shall be
pursued at suitable time:
Development of roads leading to the site.
Sinking of tube wells.
Construction of protective fencing to discourage encroachment.
Construction of accommodation for curator, gardeners, supervisors
Construction of campus office.
Provision of water and electricity to the area.
The Prime Minster, Patron-in-Chief of the Foundation has been
requested by the Admiral for the inauguration. A team for fund
raising will be constituted to prepare a plan for the purpose and
its implementation. Chief Executive Pakistan has been approached to