ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) has sought Rs 6.67 billion from the government for completing work on 28 Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) projects during the next fiscal year.

Of them, 17 are new and 11 ongoing developments schemes valuing Rs 5.4 billion and Rs 1.26 billion respectively.

The CDA has submitted a summary in this respect to the Planning Commission for approval, Daily Times has learnt.

The government’s PSDP funding to the CDA for financial year 2008-09 totals Rs 1.92 billion.

Ongoing projects: As indicated by a CDA official, Rs 600 million is required for adding 3rd and 4th lane to Kashmir Highway from Peshawar Morr to Golra Morr, Rs 316 million is required for the 2nd phase of construction work at the Supreme Court building, Rs 139 million for the IJP Road’s construction, Rs 60.12 million for building residential and non-residential accommodation for police at Aiwan-e-Sadr and Rs 48.9 million for renovating Aiwan-e-Sadr.

He also said the CDA had sought Rs 26.1 million for rehabilitating/replacing 32 lifts at Pak Secretariat, Rs 25.77 million for improving HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system and furnishing of residences at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Rs 12.2 million for raising flats for the AGPR (Auditor General of Pakistan Revenue) employees in F-5/2, Rs 11.33 million for replacing two lifts at former USAID building, Rs 10.07 million for constructing official residence for the National Assembly speaker and Rs 10.01 million for installing closed-circuit television (CCTVs) at the senate’s hall.

New projects: The official said the CDA’s new projects, which required government funding during the next fiscal, included the Rs 800 million rehabilitation and the widening of Islamabad Highway from Koral Chowk to GT Road, Rawat, the Rs 790 million rehabilitation of air-conditioning system at Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Rs 600 million addition of two rigid lanes to the IJP Road and the widening of bridges over it, the Rs 600 million construction of two interchanges on IJP Road, the Rs 500 million addition of one lane to Murree Road and the Rs 500 million for installing pedestrian bridges on Islamabad Highway.

The official said the CDA had also demanded Rs 500 million for construction of additional family suites for parliamentarians and 500 servant quarters at parliament house, Rs 500 million for building offices for the senate standing committees’ chairmen, Rs 152 million for renovating parliament house’s building, Rs 66.04 million for installation of Personnel Access Control System at parliament house and Rs 50 million for construction of Presidential Estate Colony at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

According to him, Rs 96.13 million is required for installation of security system at parliament house, Rs 82.02 million for installation of LED screens at Jinnah Convention Centre, Rs 63.7 million for up-gradation and renovation of public address, simultaneous interpretation and automatic vote costing system in the senate hall, Rs 37.97 million for installation of air conditioning system, fire alarm equipment and CCTVs at parliament house, and procurement of spares for lifts at the building, Rs 37.43 million for fitting security equipment and fire alarm system at Cabinet Block’s building and Rs 26.73 million for installation of CCTVs and SIS system at parliament house.

Source: Daily Times