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CDWP likely to approve 51 projects costing Rs 59.6 billion on April 30

ISLAMABAD: Central Development Working Party (CDWP) of Planning Commission is likely to recommend and approve 51 development projects worth Rs 59.6 billion in its meeting scheduled for April 30, it is learnt here on Monday. According to the agenda, a copy of which is available with Business Recorder, CDWP will consider 6 projects in energy sector worth Rs 23.6 billion.

Government is focusing on the energy sector projects to overcome the current power shortfall. The projects that CDWP will consider for approval include Electricity Distribution and Transmission Improvement Project (MEPCO) (Modified) worth Rs 195.606 million, Electricity Distribution and Transmission Improvement Project PC-II (IESCO) costing Rs 144.230 million, Rs 183 million Interconnection of IPPs with National Grid (Phase-II) for dispersal of power from 200 MW Nishat Power near Chunian project, Diber Khawar Hydropower project (130-MW) costing Rs 14217.395 million, Khan Khawar Hydropower project (72MW) worth Rs 7652.645 million and 4MW Hydropower Project Thak Chilas, (modified PC-I) at the cost of Rs 1113.90 million.

In Transport and Communication sector, the CDWP may recommend another big project to ECNEC for approval is Environment Friendly Public Transport System for major urban centre of Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi/ Islamabad, Hyderabad and Sukkur (PPP) at the cost of 5.billion. The nine other projects are

improvement and up gradation of existing single lane metalled road to double lane metalled road, Kohala – Dhirkot (Mujahid-e-Awal Road ) Length 27 k.m. Distt. Bagh (amended PC-I) worth Rs 941.039 million, Construction of PCC Road, District Dir NA-22, Rs 470.000 million, Construction of Suspension/ Arch Bridge at Distt. Dir, NA-33, Rs 217.261 million; Const. of Matalled Road from Gandha Singh to Kanganpur road along Dipalpur Canal, Distt. Kasur, Rs 418.493 million; Widening and Rehabilitation of Matalled Road from Radha Kishan Road to Khundian Dist.

Kasur, Rs 238.670 million; Widening & Black Topping of Road from Jamrud to Mullahgori (17-km) from K.M. No 23 to 39 from Lowera Maina to Azam Banda (Phase-V) Khyber Agency, Rs 418.739 million; Improvement Widening & B/T of Road from Takhta Baig to Mathani via Bara By Pass and Sheikhan (30-KMs), Rs 466.420 million; Construction & Black Topping of Road from Jamrud via Mullagori to Landikotal (Phase-IV) 10 kms Khyber Agency Rs 274.790 million;

Widening/ improvement of Road from Gillwala to Ghumanwala via Bhuttla Jhanda Singh and Qila Didar Singh Length=38 kms in District Gujranwala, Rs 281.677 million; Construction/ Black topping of road from Hub to Dureji District Lasbella (length 129.00 km) Rs 1000 million; Construction of Link roads from Kohlu town to By pass, Rs 79.865 million; Construction of various black topped road to link different villages with main Kohla town, Rs 222.245 million; Construction of By pass road at Kohlu, Rs 197.810 million.

Establishment of the Highway Research and Training C0entre (HRTC) Rs 914.810 million with foreign component of Rs 566.840 million; Diamer Basha Dam project – Construction of By pass “Shatial – Thor Nullah – Existing Karakorum Highway (KKH) Rs 3,928.558 million.

In water resources, CDWP will consider 12 projects for recommendation and approval. These projects are Rs 2,478.344 million Sukkur Barrage Rehabilitation and improvement project, Sabakzai Dam project (2nd revised) worth Rs 2005.545 million; Research Studies on Drainage, land reclamation, water, management and Use of Drainage water, Rs 426.902 million;

Chashma Right Bank Irrigation project stage-III Remedial measures in NWFP portion, Rs 563.490 million; constructing additional VR bridges on Dists and minors in Chashma Right Bank Canal Division, Taunsa Sharif (amended) Rs 72.209 million; construction of office building for the office of Indus River System Authority (Revised PC-I) Rs 68.863million; acquiring consultancy services for preparation of detailed design of 75 small dams. Detauked syoervision etc, located in Kohitan and Nagarpakar areas on Sindh Rs 162.000 million; providing protective measures Muhammad Shahwala Flood Bund Bursla Branch against erosion by River Ravi (Guide Spur Road 419+420 Burala Branch) Rs 50.392 million; construction of J-Head Super No 2 of Pir Adil Minor and I-I Disty of Link Rs 141.497 million; construction of guide head supr at RD 165+000 Link Rs 53.033 million; construction of SPUR No 34 & 35 along Right Bank of River Indus District DI Khan (NWFP) Sub Work Construction of SPUR No 34 at the cost of 198.752 million and extension of stone apron pitching along K.K. Bund Mile 11/3 to 12/4 and Rcoapment of Damage Apron pitching from Mile 10/7 + 550 to 11/1+110 in Begari Sindh Feeder Circle amounting to Rs 2623.000 million.

In agriculture and food sector, poverty reduction through small holders livestock and dairy development worth Rs 2500.000 million will be tabled before CDWP for consideration. In Forestry and Wildlife, establishment of model forestry park near Rawal lake Rs 239.017 million is expected to get nod of CDWP. In Physical Planning & Housing the project is to be considered are constriction/replacement of new and existing water supply line under Special Development Plan Lyari, at cost of Rs 370.410 million, construction/replacement of new and existing sewerage system under special development Plan Lyari worth Rs 367.002 million, rehabilitation and improvement of lighting system of road/streets and playgrounds at Lyari Town Rs 191.454.

Projects in Industries and Commerce include “Foundry Service Centre Lahore” worth Rs 179.4 million and Rs 435.636 million may get approval. Devolution and Area Development projects are Mohmand and Bajur Area Development Projects (Phase 111) costing Rs 125.195 million and in education, CDWP will consider one project that is construction of Inter Girls College at Kohlu (Revised) amounting to Rs 125.590 million.

In Higher Education, CDWP may approve establishment of Women University Multan (Prime Minister’s directive) costing Rs 1715.830 million and strengthening of Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad at the cost of Rs 389.655 million.

CDWP is expected to clear Position Papers (PPs) that include immediate needs of the University of Science and Technology Bannu worth Rs 427.861 million and Rs 485.567 million Strengthening of Institute of Space Technology (Phase 1) project. The other project is development of University of Balochistan Quetta worth Rs 971.878 million. In Labour and Manpower, short term vocational training courses under Prime Minister Special Initiative for Hunarmand Pakistan Programme costing Rs 106.994 million and establishment of a National Training Centre (NTTC) Kasur at the cost of Rs 494.459 million will be tabled before CDWP for consideration.

In Governance sector, two projects will be considered that are Institutional Strengthening and Efficiency Enhancement of Planning Commission amounting to Rs 494.459 million and Rs 79.481 million and project of establishment of office of Inspector General Development Projects Balochistan (Phase 11). In health establishment of 400-bed woman hospital and chest disease centre at Ralwapindi at the revised cost of 2.643 million and construction of 50 bedded hospital at Kohlu costing Rs 225.704 million will be tabled before the meeting.

Source: Business Recorder

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