CDWP approves 33 projects worth Rs50.5 billion

Two projects worth Rs. 22.5 billion referred to ECNEC

ISLAMABAD: Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved 33 projects worth Rs50.5 billion out of which two projects worth Rs22.5 billion were referred to ECNEC for further proceeding.

The CDWP meeting was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz, whereas Secretary Planning Commission Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui accompanied the deputy chairman. Senior officials from the federal and provincial governments participated in the meeting. The projects presented for approval include energy, health, education, manpower, governance, physical planning and housing, transport and communications, water resources and mass media. In addition, two position papers were presented in the meetings.

In the energy sector, three projects were presented, out of which one project titled interconnection of isolated Gwadar and Makran, with national grid system of Pakistan was referred to ECNEC.

In the health sector, three projects were presented out of which one was referred to ECNEC. CDWP approved the establishment of Medical Device Development Centre (MDDC) at NUST with a cost of Rs231.83 million. The establishment of a 500-bed teaching hospital and medical college at University of Karachi was referred to ECNEC with a cost of Rs8406 million.

In the education sector, nine projects were approved including the establishment of FG Degree College for boys at Kohat Cantt, strengthening of core network and expansion of PERN through CPEC optical fibre, establishment of technology development centre at University of Agriculture in Peshawar, establishment of the centre for livestock breeding genetics and genomics at Arid Agriculture University of Rawalpindi, and the establishment of campus of government College University Faisalabad at District Chiniot.

In manpower sector, a project for establishment of polytechnic institute for boys at Skardu was approved with a cost of Rs602 million.

In governance sector, two projects were approved which includes up-gradation of fire fighting system at Karachi and establishment of model police station in ICT with a cost of Rs1742 million and Rs2482.416 million respectively.

In physical planning and housing, Gwadar smart environment sanitation system and landfill project with a cost of Rs2268.66 million. In addition, extension of Federal Lodge No 1, Karachi was approved with Rs277.144 million.

In transport and communication, construction of Black Top Road between Sangan and Aab-e-Gum was approved with a cost of Rs2195.87.

CDWP approved 13 projects of construction of dams including flood bund in Dallas Canal Division in Rahim Yar Khan.

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