CDWP approves 15 projects worth Rs 99.4 billion

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ISLAMABAD, July 24 (APP): The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) here on Monday approved various significant projects under education sector, transport and communication sector, water and power division, Health, and Physical Planning and Housing Sector.
Chaired by Minister for Planning, Development and Reform and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, the CDWP approved various development projects ranging over different socioeconomic areas.
It also recommended the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) to consider approval of 5 mega projects in Energy, Transport, Communication and Physical Planning and Housing.
The meeting was also attended by Planning Commission’s Secretary, Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and senior officers of the provincial governments and other concerned ministries.
The CDWP recommend a project worth Rs 8.4 billion to ECNEC envisages a new 200 kV single circuit (SDT) twin bundle Rail conductor transmission line. It is proposed to be constructed from Guddu to Sibbi via Shikarpur and Uch power plants.
It approved two projects in the Health Sector costing Rs 4.7 billion to build Gilgit Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Oncology and Radiotherapy (GINOR) worth of Rs 2.3 Billion and Gujranwala Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy (GINUM), worth Rs 2.39 Billion.
Two projects of Physical Planning and Housing Sector were also approved in the CDWP including Greater Karachi Sewerage Plan worth Rs 36.117 billion sponsored by Government of Sindh and Water Distribution Network for Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonments worth Rs 880.50 million which has to be completed by December, 2017 as directed by Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal.
The Minister instructed to devise an institutional mechanism comprising of local government, stakeholders and the representation of citizens so that Rs 36 billion can be utilized efficiently. He added that the project is very important to take care of environment, to reduce pollution and to take care of fishing department. In addition, he directed provincial government to ensure timely completion of the project.
The CDWP approved four transport and communication projects worth Rs 43.8 billion which includes rehabilitation/up-gradation and widening of Quetta-Dadher section of N-65 worth Rs 7.3 billion. It also approved construction, rehabilitation, improvement and widening of Kalash Valley Road totaling to 47.93 km with a cost of Rs 4.7 billion as per announcement of the Prime Minister during his visit to Chitral to promote tourism.
In addition, the CDWP approved Procurement/Manufacturing of 830 High Capacity Bogie Freight Wagons and 250 Passenger Coaches worth Rs. 31.1 billion fitted with modern bogies will be able to run at design speed of 160.
The Minister instructed to bring investment for business and use their own resources instead of importing and making things easier for them. He said that the bogies should be according to the platform and track. CDWP also approved Construction of Staff Quarters for Pakistan railways with a cost of Rs 788 million.
The CDWP approved 3 projects which fall under the governance section worth Rs 1.65 billion. CDWP approved Sustainable Development Goals Unit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a cost of Rs 600 million. The project will translate the SDGs framework into concrete plans and interventions at provincial and district level planning by establishing short and medium term goals rather than only having end point targets. It also approved Institutional Strengthening and Efficiency Enhancement of Planning Commission with a cost of Rs 350 Million. It approved Monitoring of PSDP Financed Project worth Rs 700 million to improve and expand the existing monitoring system in the projects wing and to undertake external monitoring of development projects to ensure that the investments made in the public sector are being pout to effective use as planned.
The CDWP deferred National Pesticide Residues Monitoring System in Pakistan worth Rs 739 million. The central idea is to establish a comprehensive pesticide residue monitoring system at national and provincial level so as to provide the safe food to our population and meeting international standards as per ISO 17025 for our exports target for consultation with provinces and other stakeholders.
The CDWP approved Science Talent Farming Scheme for Undergraduate program in education sector worth Rs 2.9 billion to groom and capacity building of young students in Natural Science and Mathematics.
The Minister instructed officials of Higher Education Commission to ensure consolidation of resources and directed that projects must be completed with efficient and effective use of time and resources.
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