Allocations amounting to Rs4.8 billion have been made under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration, the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Islamabad Police, Capital Administration and Development Division, new airport and the Safe City Project.
Islamabad Capital Territory
The federal government has allocated Rs937.5 million for 57 developmental schemes in ICT under the PSDP.
This includes 29 ongoing schemes with a total allocation of Rs658.7 million and 28 new ones with an allocation of Rs278.7 million.
The new schemes include rehabilitation, up-gradation and construction of new development projects including water and health schemes, and infrastructure development projects for the capital.
Safe City Project
For the Rs11.2 billion Islamabad Safe City Project, a sum of Rs100 million has been allocated. Already, expenditures up to Rs9.5 billion have been made against the project.
A significant cut amounting to Rs1.5 billion has been made in allocations to the CDA by the federal government.
For fiscal 2015-16, Rs427 million has been allocated for the CDA to carryout three ongoing schemes while no allocations have been made for new schemes. For the 2014-15 financial year, some Rs1.9 billion were allocated for six projects for the CDA.
An allocation of Rs300 million has been made for construction of family suites for parliamentarians, Rs100 million for construction of mosques at the Pakistan Secretariat, and Rs27 million for security arrangements at the Parliament House.
A total allocation of Rs1.7 billion has been earmarked for the much-delayed new Islamabad airport — Rs700 million for construction of two approach roads to the airport and Rs1 billion for land acquisition falling within the proposed alignment of these roads and shifting of utility services.
Both are new schemes as necessary approvals for them are under process according to the PSDP document.
A separate allocation of Rs18.6 million has been made for the establishment of a Meteorological Office at the new airport.
Seventeen health and education schemes have been allocated Rs1.04 billion.
A total allocation of Rs488.2 million has been made for eight health schemes (six ongoing and two new) and Rs555.1 million for nine education schemes (five ongoing and four new).
The education schemes include establishment of SMART schools in Islamabad (Rs100 million allocation) and up-gradation of ICT high schools (Rs 100 million).
The capital’s police force has received Rs665.8 million for five different schemes.
The allocation includes Rs500 million for construction of accommodation, training, administrative block and barracks for the establishment of a Rapid Response Force for the city, Rs10 million for construction of a model prison at Sector H-16, Rs100 million for establishment of a National Forensic Science Agency and Islamabad laboratory. An allocation of Rs34.7 million has been made for the construction of a police station in I-16.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2015.