PTI govt approves seven projects worth Rs12.2b

Central Development Working Party recommends five schemes worth Rs158 billion to Ecnec

​ Our Correspondent March 04, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Tuesday approved seven projects worth Rs12.23 billion and recommended five other schemes worth Rs158.23 billion to the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) for consideration.

The meeting was presided over by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan. Projects related to energy, higher education, information technology, science and technology, transport and communications, and water resources were presented in the meeting.

An energy project for power transmission from the 660-megawatt Lucky Electric coal-fired power plant at Port Qasim worth Rs1.3 billion was approved by the CDWP.

The objective of the project is to link the 660MW power plant with the national grid system for electricity transmission to upcountry load centres by constructing a 500-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line. Two projects related to higher education were presented in the meeting.

The establishment of the National Centre of Industrial Biotechnology for the manufacturing of bio-products using synthetic biology and metabolic engineering technology worth Rs1.4 billion was approved.

The project envisages the setting up of the National Centre of Industrial Biotechnology at PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi that can provide direct value addition to the natural products isolated from plants and those derived from microbial origin.

The second project of higher education called the Smart University Transformation Through Smart Classrooms (Phase-I) worth Rs2.3 billion was also approved in the meeting.

A project related to information technology namely extension in the Islamabad Hospital HMIS (Hospital Management Information System) and networking facilities to Children Hospital worth Rs59.7 million was approved by the CDWP.

Two projects related to science and technology were also presented. A project titled Advanced Skills Development through International Scholarships (Phase-I) worth Rs12.4 billion was recommended to Ecnec. The second project of Pak University of Engineering and Emerging Technology worth Rs3.2 billion was approved in the meeting.

Five projects related to transportation and communications were presented. The construction of a road from Nagar Sharif to Suntsar worth Rs1.256 billion was approved by the CDWP. The revised project envisages construction of a 54km-long and four-metre wide single carriageway with the provision of two-metre wide shoulders from Nagar Sharif to Suntsar in Gwadar district.

The dualisation and rehabilitation of DG Khan-DI Khan section (208.19 km) worth Rs53.4 billion was referred to Ecnec. The main objective of the project is the construction of additional two lanes and widening/rehabilitation of the existing two-lane carriageway of DG Khan-DI Khan section of Indus Highway N-55. The construction of Rajanpur-DG Khan section as a four-lane highway of N-55 (121.59 km) worth Rs33.9 billion was referred to Ecnec.

The Indus Highway (N-55) additional carriageway project (Shikarpur-Rajanpur section) of 221.95 km worth Rs47.5 billion was also referred to Ecnec. The operationalisation of Green Line Bus Rapid Transit and the installation of integrated intelligent transport worth Rs10.9 billion was referred to Ecnec.

A project related to water resources for increasing the storage capacity and improvement in the command area of Tanda Dam district, Kohat worth Rs2.5 billion was approved by the CDWP.

Five concept clearance proposals were also considered and cleared for donor financing. Planning Secretary Zafar Hasan and senior officials of federal and provincial governments were present in the meeting.

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