PTI government to launch mega projects worth Rs 594 billion

PTI government to launch mega projects worth Rs 594 billion

ISLAMABAD - The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) Monday accorded approval to 17 projects worth Rs 18.8 billion besides recommending nine projects worth Rs 594.5 billion to Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) for consideration.

The meeting of CDWP was held here under the chairmanship of Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar and was attended by Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, senior officials from federal and provincial governments.

Projects related to energy, transport and communication, science and technology, health, population planning, industries and commerce, food and agriculture and education were presented in the meeting.

Ministry of Water resources presented position paper of Dasu Hydel Power Project due to increased land and compensation cost from Rs 19 billion to Rs 36 billion with total of Rs 510 billion which was approved and referred to ECNEC for consideration.

Ministry of National Food, Security and Research presented five projects ‘Productivity Enhancement of Wheat’ worth Rs 31987.4 million, ‘Productivity Enhancement of Rice’ worth Rs 15809.620 million, ‘Productivity Enhancement of Sugarcane’ worth Rs 5019.589 million and ‘National Oilseeds Enhancement Program (NOEP)’ worth Rs 10167.25 million and ‘Cage Culture Cluster Development Project’ worth Rs 6582 million which were all recommended to ECNEC for consideration.

Three projects and a position paper related to energy sector were presented in the meeting. The first project ‘Up-gradation of POL Testing Facilities of HDIP at Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta and ISO Certification of Petroleum Testing Laboratory at Islamabad’ worth Rs. 293.614 million was presented and approved. The second energy project to be executed in district Awaran ‘Construction of 132 KV Grid Station at Mashkay and 132 KV STD Nal-Mashkay Transmission Line (120km)’ worth Rs. 1193.39 million was also approved in the meeting.

The third project ‘500 KV Moro Grid Station’ worth Rs 5404.19 million to be executed in district Naushahro Feroze was presented and recommended to ECNEC for consideration. The project related to transport and communication ‘Construction of Groyne Wall/Break Water and allied works at East Bay (Demi Zer) Gwadar’ worth Rs 1019.519 million was approved in the meeting.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) presented two projects ‘Strengthening and Development of Physical and Technological Infrastructure at the University of Haripur’ worth Rs 1546.960 million, and ‘Livestock Sector Development through Capacity Building, Applied Research and Technology Transfer, University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences’ worth Rs 1905 million, which were approved in the meeting. Ministry of Science and Technology presented two projects titled ‘Establishment of Pak-Korea Testing Laboratory for PV Modules and Allied Equipment’ worth

Rs 1385.429 million and ‘Up-gradation of Polymers and Plastics Laboratory at PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Lahore’ worth Rs 140.249 million which were accorded approval.

Three health related projects were presented in the meeting. Ministry of National Health, Services, Regulation and Coordination presented ‘Treatment of Cancer Patients of ICT, AJK & Gilgit-Baltistan’ worth Rs 4772.150 million which was recommended to ECNEC for consideration. The CDWP also approved two project presented by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) including ‘Up-gradation of Atomic Energy Cancer Hospital-KIRAN (AECH-KIRAN)’ worth Rs 2342.790 million and ‘Up-gradation of Diagnostic & Therapeutic Facilities at BINO, Bahawalpur’ worth Rs 1377.176 million.

The meeting also accorded approval to three projects related to population planning were presented by Ministry of National Health, Services, Regulation and Coordination worth of 609 million.

The project presented by Commerce Division including ‘Remodelling and Expansion of Karachi Expo Centre (Component-II)’ worth Rs 2677.42 million was also given approval whereas ministry of Industries and Production presented three projects titled ‘Handicraft Export Development Project’ worth Rs 385.226 million, ‘Industrial Designing & Automation Centres (IDAC)’ worth Rs 1470.88 million and ‘Footwear Cluster Development through CAD/CAM & CNC Machining’ worth Rs 78.7 million were also approved by the CDWP.

Ministry of Education requested extension of ‘Establishment and Operation of Basic Education Community Schools in the country’ till June 2019 worth Rs 4629.742 million which was referred to ECNEC for consideration.