CDWP approves uplift projects of Rs74.48b

Muhammad Arshad

Islamabad

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP), Tuesday, projects several development projects costing 74.48 billion Rupees as well as forwarded six mega projects Energy, Transport Communication and health Sectors to the Executive Committee Of National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval.
CDWP also approved establishment/up gradation of Gwadar University project worth 67 million with instruction that the master planning/ designing should be consulted with foreign experts already engaged in master planning of Gwadar City.
CDWP approved two projects of construction of IB Offices along with CPEC and construction/ extension of residential accommodation of IB Academy worth 580.883 million. However, it instructed for revision of two projects in housing sector including extension of federal lodges at Karachi and consultancy services for Margalla International Convention Center, Islamabad.
CDWP met here with Minister for Planning, Development & Reform and Deputy Ahsan Iqbal in the chair and also accorded concept clearance to two foreign funded projects of worth Rs 27.55 Billion, proposed by Government of Sindh
In energy sector, CDWP recommended three megaprojects of worth 27 billion to Ecnec, including construction of new 132 kv Grid Stations & Transmissions Lines, Distribution Rehabilitation (Energy loss reduction) and Distribution Expansion. All the three projects were proposed by Sukkur Electric Supply Company to upgrade the power distribution system and ensure loss reduction by installation of new grid stations, transmission lines and transformers in Sukkur, Jacobabad and adjacent districts. Minister Ahsan Iqbal while approving the schemes instructed that all the three projects must be completed in one year period.
CDWP approved two projects in health Sector including a mega project ‘Prime Ministers National Health Program’ worth of 8.179 Billion and up-gradation of non-radiation modern endoscopy diagnostic services in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (SZABMU) Islamabad, worth 465 million. Minister directed that deserving families should be facilitated through PM National Health Program. He also instructed that the concerned authorities should work out a detail 5 year plan to assess the financial impact of the initiative and ensure that resources required and extension in the program must match each other.
CDWP also approved 4 projects in education sector which include 3 projects in Balochistan. A project of Strengthening University of Education, Lahore was discussed in detail where CDWP approved only one portion of the project to strengthen Lahore based campuses of this university.

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