CDWP approves seven projects worth Rs24bn

ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Wednesday approved seven projects worth Rs24 billion and recommended one project worth Rs11.35 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for consideration.

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

According to ministry officials, projects related to energy, environment, governance and Islamabad Capital Territory were tabled before the particpants of the meeting.

Three projects related to energy sector were approved during the meeting. These included ‘Additional Sources of Supply to Jaranwala Road Grid Station’ (Rs5.78 billion); ‘30.4MW Jagran-1 Hydropower Project, District Neelum, AJK’ (Rs4.3 billion); and ‘Strengthening, Up-gradation and ISO certification of Karachi Laboratories Complex at HDIP Operations Officer’ (Rs440.812 million).

A project related to the environment, titled ‘Installation of Weather Surveillance Radar in Sukkur’ (Rs2.52 billion), was also approved on the occasion.

Meanwhile, a governance-related project titled ‘Pakistan Single Window’, worth Rs11.07 billion, was referred to ECNEC for further deliberations. The main objective of the project is to facilitate trade, simplify and integrate regulatory authority’s process/system to reduce barriers of cross-border trade-related activities without compromising the required control.

Moreover, the CDWP approved a project related to ICT titled ‘Blended Virtual Education Project for Knowledge Economy’  at Rs5,990.26 million.

It also okayed a project of the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan regarding the ‘Rehabilitation of Affected Population Residing along LoC [Phase-1]’ (Rs3.61 million).

Lastly, the working party approved a climate change ministry’s project titled ‘Capacity Building on Water Quality Monitoring [SDG-6]’ (Rs1.27 billion).

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