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CDWP approves 17 projects worth Rs 20.32 billion

Dec 23, 2015

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Tuesday approved 17 projects worth Rs 20.32 billion.

It also referred six projects worth Rs 71.35 billion and two position papers costing Rs 178 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), and gave clearance of three projects worth Rs 60.38 billion.

Senior officials of the provinces and ministries concerned attended the meeting, chaired by Minister Planning, Development and Reform Prof Ahsan Iqbal. 27 projects of the agriculture and food, Higher Education Commission, energy, health, information technology, physical planning and housing, transport and communication and water sectors were considered. For all the approved projects, including position papers and concept clearance, the FEC portion is Rs 176.23 billion, whereas allocations in the Public Sector Development Programme 2015-16 have been made to the tune of Rs 4.13 billion.

Six projects of the energy sector were approved, which included evacuation of power from 300 MW solar plants near Chishtian worth Rs 923.7 million, strengthening of TSG Training Centre for grid system operations and maintenance of Rs 941.51 million, 132 KV up gradation of Pattan Grid Station wotht Rs 171.90 million, and establishment of new 132 KV grid station at Besham of worth Rs 300 million. Strengthening of the National Textile University, Faisalabad worth Rs1.458 billion, Afghanistan Scholarship Programme (ASP) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) of Rs 306 million, Certification Incentive Programme for SMEs of Rs 700 million, and establishment of the FATA University to cost Rs 1.489 billion. One project each for the health and transport and communication sectors included extension of Institute of Nuclear Oncology and Radiotherapy (INOR) Abbotabad worth Rs 566.166 million and technical assistance for Karachi Bus Rapid Transit Project of Rs 1.295 billion respectively were approved as well.

Four projects of the physical planning and housing included up gradation of GPA Housing Complex at Gwadar of Rs 676.23 million, construction of Model Prison at H-16, Islamabad of Rs 4.53 billion, upgrading of mechanical system for sewerage and drainage services in Gujranwala (JICA grant) of Rs 1.155 billion, and construction of accommodation for Bhittai Rangers at Karachi worth Rs 2.87 billion. Two approved projects of the water sector including provision of stone apron and pitching along Sukkar Begari Bund mile of Rs 127.08 million, and construction of Marobi Dam worth Rs 1.942 billion.

Six projects, which were referred to the ECNEC for approval were Punjab Economic Opportunities Programme of the agriculture and food sector worth Rs 8.78 billion, evacuation of power from 1,320 MW imported coal-based power plant at hub of the energy sector to cost Rs 8.78 billion, faculty development programme for Pakistani universities of the HEC worth Rs 7.08 billion, Safe City Islamabad of the information technology sector to cost Rs 15.86 billion, improvement, widening and construction of Kohlu-Sibi Road project worth Rs 6.8 billion and water carrier from Nabisar reservoir to Thar coal field block-II will cost Rs 16.37 billion.

Two position papers of the energy sector were design, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of 1,000 – 1,200MW Re-Gasified-Liquafied Natural Gas (RLNG) based combined cycle power at Balloki, and Haveli Bahadur Shah will cost Rs 88.04 billion and Rs 90.03 billion respectively. The FEC portion for each of the project is Rs 76.25 billion.

The concept clearance were accorded to the Punjab Cultural Heritage and Economic Growth Project costing Rs 5.88 billion, generating data to advance women’s social and economic well-being in Pakistan of Rs 618.41 million, and establishment of 50,000 non-formal schools will cost Rs 53.88 billion.

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