CDWP approves eight projects worth Rs31.6bn

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ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Monday approved eight projects worth Rs31.6 billion and recommended five projects worth Rs195.1 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for consideration.

The CDWP meeting was presided over by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan.

According to details, projects related to devolution & area development, education, energy, governance, health industries & commerce, food & agriculture and physical planning & housing were presented during the meeting.

A project related to devolution & area development titled ‘Southern Punjab Poverty Alleviation Project (SPPAP), worth Rs15,524.58 million, was referred to ECNEC. The project was aimed at reducing poverty in the southern Punjab region through agriculture productivity, livelihood opportunities, community infrastructure and vocational training.

Two projects related to education were presented in the meeting; ‘Establishment & Operation of Basic Education Community Schools’, worth Rs5,194.558 million, and ‘Improving Human Development Indicators in Pakistan with focus on MDGS related to education and six EFA Goals’, worth Rs3,306.024 million. The projects were approved with a direction that Balochistan would not come up for any further revision.

Four projects related to energy were presented in the meeting. The approved projects included ‘500kV Chakwal Substation’, worth Rs8,956.39 million, and ‘Hydropower & Renewable Energy-II, Gilgit Baltistan(KFW)’, worth Rs2,260.194 million.

On the other hand, two projects titled ‘Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project’, worth Rs12,297 million, and ‘Evacuation of Power for Wind Power Project at Jhampir and Gharo’, worth Rs13,405 million, were recommended to ECNEC for approval.

Meanwhile, two projects related to governance namely ‘Punjab Cities Programme (PCP)’, worth Rs32,530.24 million, and ‘Pakistan Single Window’, worth Rs10,640.617 million, were referred to ECNEC.

A project related to health titled ‘Procurement, Installation and Commissioning of Medical Equipment for three Hospitals in Afghanistan including 60-bedded Nishtar Kidney Hospital in Jalalabad, 200-bedded Jinnah Hospital in Kabul, and 100-bedded Naib Amanullah Khan Logari Hospital in Logar’, worth Rs2,355.537 million, was approved by CDWP.

Moreover, a project related to industries and commerce titled, ‘National Strategic Programme for Acquisition of Industrial Technology (NASPAIT), worth Rs2,914.12 million was also approved by CDWP.

A project related to Physical Planning & Housing titled ‘Construction of three Sewerage Treatment Plants and Related Sewerage System to Treat the Waste Water Falling into Korang River, Rawal Lake and Their Area of ICT’, worth Rs3,971.35 million, was approved by CDWP.

Lastly, a project related to food & agriculture namely ‘Promoting Research for Productivity Enhancement in Pluses’, worth Rs2,599.590 million, was also approved by CDWP.

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