CDWP approves seven projects worth Rs26.1bn


ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Wednesday approved seven projects worth Rs26.1 billion and recommended three projects worth Rs52.2 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for consideration.

The CDWP meeting, which was presided over by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, deliberated upon various projects related to energy devolution & area development, transport & communication, physical planning & housing and water resources.

Two projects related to energy devolution & area development were presented during the meeting. The first project titled “Bajour Area Development Project”, worth Rs861.917 million, was approved by CDWP.

The main objective of the project is to eliminate poppy cultivation by providing alternate livelihood facilities to the people of the area; construction of rural roads will also make the area accessible to political administration.

The second project titled “Mohmand Area Development Project”, worth Rs796.564 million, was also approved in the meeting.

Meanwhile, a project related to transport & communication namely “Dualization & Improvement of Mandra, Chakwal Road”, worth Rs12.77 billion, was referred to ECNEC. This project envisages improvement of the 64km-long existing road to a width of 7.3 metres and construction of an additional 7.3m wide road to make it dual carriageway.

A project related to manpower titled “Implementation of ‘Skill for all’ Strategy as Catalyst for TVET Sector Development in Pakistan”, worth Rs9.8 billion, was approved in the meeting.

The main object of the project is to ensure the provision of a skilled workforce for various national projects and international job markets.

Four projects related to physical planning & housing were presented in the meeting. The approved projects included “Gravity Flowwater Supply Scheme Mansehra”, worth Rs6.47 billion; “Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Programme PC-II”, worth Rs 2.57 billion; and “Up-gradation of Cabinet Division’s 6 Aviation Squadron for Relief Operations and Enhancement of Security”, worth Rs638.772 million. A project titled “Development of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on EPC/ Turnkey Basis”, worth Rs16.54 billion referred to ECNEC.

Two projects related to water resources were presented in the meeting. The first project titled “Kachi Canal Project”, worth Rs22.9 billion, was recommended to ECNEC, while the second project titled “Toiwar Batozai Storage Dam Project, Killa Saifullah, Balochistan”, worth Rs4.90 billion was approved by CDWP.