Rs4.2b set aside for capital’s rural areas development

New projects include several pro-poor schemes.

Obaid Abbasi June 13, 2013
Onlookers watch a live telecast of the Federal Budget for fiscal year 2013-14. PHOTO: INP


The government has allocated Rs4.2 billion for various ongoing and new projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) to be implemented by the Interior Ministry.

According to the budget document, Rs2.89 billion has been allocated for the ongoing schemes and Rs1.2 billion for new projects in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

New projects

Focusing on the rural areas of Islamabad with regard to new development schemes, the government allocated Rs58.3 million for the construction of police barracks in G-13, Rs 59.1 million for sewerage treatment of police lines in H-11, Rs50 million for rehabilitation of Sara-i-Kharbooza Road, Rs49.9 million for street pavement of village Shamas Colony, Rs53.6 million for the  construction of bridges in rural areas of  city, Rs56.8 million for the improvement of roads in Golra and Rs48.9 million for installation of hand pump in different union councils of rural areas.

Ongoing schemes

For the major ongoing projects in the twin cities the government has allocated a total of Rs2.89 billion.

Among these, Rs745.3 million have been set aside for machine readable passports, Rs147.7 million for National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes Rawalpindi and Rs152.9 million for the automated fingerprints identification system.

Similarly, establishment of National Forensic Science Agency will be completed at the cost of Rs 400 million, and Rs49.9 million was allocated for the construction of agriculture extension service complex at Tarlai Union Council (UC).

For the establishment of sessions and civil courts (East),  Rs49.4 million were allocated and Rs48.2 million will be spent to complete the Rawat Road.

For the procurement of non-intrusive vehicle X-ray Inspection System, the government has set aside Rs300 million and Rs39.3 million will be spent on purchasing three-crawler mounted water drilling rig.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2013.


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