ISLAMABAD: The government approved on Thursday the land acquisition cost for the Kuchlak-Zhob road section of N-50 (305 km) and decided that expenses would be met from savings in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and no new allocation would be required.
The go-ahead was given in a meeting of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec), chaired by Finance Minister Asad Umar.
During the meeting, projects related to communications and power sectors were approved. The Planning Division gave a presentation on doubling tracks of western alignment - Kuchlak-Zhob section of N-50 - of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The committee was briefed about the importance of western corridor.
In order to quickly and timely respond to accidents and mishaps on the corridor, the committee approved a proposal of the Ministry of Communications for setting up an Intelligent Transportation System.
Ecnec also approved a proposal to build service areas along the western corridor. It accorded approval to the proposal of the Power Division for connecting isolated areas of Gwadar and Makran with the national power grid.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2019.
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