8 Mega Projects worth Rs 36 billion approved by CDWP

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ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Monday approved eight projects worth Rs36 billion and recommended seven others worth Rs233.014 billion to the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) for consideration.

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan chaired the CDWP meeting, which was also attended by senior officials of the Planning Commission and federal ministries/divisions. Representatives of provincial governments participated in the meeting through video link.

Projects related to environment, physical planning, transport & communications, water resources and education were presented on the occasion.

Among environment-related projects, the CDWP approved the ‘Developing Revenue Linkage between Marmara Research Center, Turkey & Pakistan Meteorological Department Pakistan’ project (worth Rs168.308 million), and referred the ‘Sindh Resilience Project (PDMA Component Phase-II)’ (worth Rs15.3 billion) to ECNEC.

Similarly, among physical planning projects, the CDWP approved the ‘Contraction of New Building for Supreme Court Branch Registry in Karachi (Saddar)’ (Rs4.42 billion), and referred ‘Solid Waste Emergency and Efficiency Project’ (Rs17.66 billion) to ECNEC.

Two projects related to transport & communications, namely ‘Widening and carpeting Bonni-Buzund-Torkhow road (28km) in Chitral’ (Rs1.21 billion) and ‘Construction/upgradation of Dirgi Shahbozai to Taunsa Sharif Road’ (Rs8.94 billion) were approved by CDWP.

Meanwhile, two position papers related to transport & communications were also presented on the occasion. Both projects, namely ‘Construction of Gwadar Ratodero Road Project M-8’ (Rs38.02 billion) and ‘Upgradation, Widening and Construction of Surab Hoshab Road N-85’ (Rs28.82 billion), were recommended to ECNEC.

Likewise, three projects and one position paper related to water resources presented in the meeting. All three projects, titled ‘Flood Protection Sector Project-III NFPP-IV’ (Rs95.98 billion), ‘Sindh Resilience Project for Strengthening Flood Embankments & Construction Small Dams’ (Rs23.7 billion) and ‘Construction of 100 Small Dams in Balochistan Package-III’ (Rs8.87 billion) was referred to ECNEC. The Ministry of Water Resources’ position paper titled, ‘Construction of 100 Small Dams in Balochistan’ (Rs13.51 billion) was also recommended to ECNEC for approval.