ECNEC approves construction of CPEC’s Burhan/Hakla to DI Khan Motorway

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Mian Arshad

Islamabad—The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), Monday, approved D.I. Khan Motorway” project.
The project envisages acquisition of 7,496 acres of land for construction of 285 km 4-lanes expressway with a 100m wide Right of Way (RoW), as part of the western route of CPEC. ECNEC had approved the project, in principle, subject to verification in the framework of Joint Declaration announced after the All Parties Conference held on 28 May, 2015. The project will cost Rs11,973million without foreign exchange component.
ECNEC met here with Finance Minister in the Chair here and approved “Construction of Motorway from Burhan / Hakla on M-1 to D.I. Khan”.
This project had already been approved by ECNEC, in principle, at the rationalized scope and cost of Rs. 110,208 million subject to the aforementioned condition of verification of the proposed route of the project. ECNEC granted final approval to both the projects after ECNEC was informed that the condition of verification of proposed route had been met after consultation between the Federal Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KPK) Committee on CPEC.
The Chair said that these projects demonstrate that, in addition to increasing the generation capacity of the power sector in Pakistan, the government is also seriously committed to strengthening the transmission and distributions network of the sector in the country. For the Health sector, ECNEC considered and approved the “Expanded Program on Immunization Punjab (EPI)” which aim at prevention of 9 vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs).
The immunization / vaccination services are being delivered through fixed and outreach centres for routine immunization as well as mobile vaccinators for house immunization and special campaigns. The program has been approved at a total cost of Rs. 22,262.63 million including FEC of Rs. 3,815.96 million. The program will support immunization of children and pregnant mothers to reduce IMR and MMR, as envisaged in Vision 2025 and 11th Five Year Plan, and will improve the health status of children in Punjab.
ECNEC considered and approved the project for construction / installation of “220 KV Mirpur Khas Substation along with Associated Transmission Lines (PC-1)” at a rationalized total cost of Rs. 3,857.10 million including FEC of Rs. 1,854.69 million. The project will complete in 2 years’ time, and will enable meeting the growing power demand of areas including MirpurKhas, Mir Wah Gorchani, Sultanabad, Kandiari, Sanghar, Shah PurChakar, Jam Nawaz, Tando Jam, Samaro and T.A. Yar under the jurisdiction of HESCO.
It will lead to improved voltage reliability, system reliability of network, reduction in the loading of power transformers, and the overall efficiency and stability of the power system in Sindh Province. The project will be financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The project of “500 kV HVAC Transmission Lines for Interconnection of HVDC with HVAC System at Matiari and Lahore” also obtained approval of ECNEC. The project was approved at a total rationalized cost of Rs. 4,805.70 million including FEC of Rs. 2,620.72 million. The project, which will be implemented in 2 years, will result in interconnection of HVDC with HVAC system for facilitating the dispersal of power from the proposed 4,000 MW power plants in the southern part of the country.
ECNEC also considered and approved the project of “220 KV Dera Ismail Khan – Zhob Double Circuit Transmission Line along with 220 KV Zhob Substation” at a rationalized cost of Rs. 6,878.41 million, including FEC of Rs. 3,094.01 million, to be financed through ADB.

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