The meeting was held on Friday under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr Nadeem ul Haque. Of the 79 projects: 60 projects relate to Infrastructure Sector costing Rs 317.863 billion, 17 projects of Social Sector costing Rs 22.509 billion, two projects in other sectors costing Rs 3.098 billion.
The CDWP is authorised to approve projects costing up to Rs one billion. However, 35 projects, each costing over Rs one billion, were recommended to ECNEC for consideration, approval, After 18th Amendment to the Constitution, the Federal government has focused on implementation of infrastructure projects, being its primary responsibility. In this sector, important projects of Transport and Communication like “Hasanabdal, Havelian, Mansehra Expressway E-35 (110 KM) ADB” costing Rs 46.8 billion, “Lowari Tunnel and Access Roads Project Modified as a Road Tunnel” costing Rs 18.1 billion, “Rehabilitation of Track on Lahore, Lalamusa Section with New Signaling and Telecommunication System” costing Rs 18.0 billion, “Modernisation of Gaddani Ship Breaking and Recycling Industry and Development of Allied Facilities at Gaddani” costing Rs 11.4 billion and “Improvement and Widening of N-45 (141 KM) Section-1, Chakdara, Timargara Section – 2, Akhagram, Dir Section – 3, Kalkatak, Chitral” costing Rs 9.2 billion were considered, recommended by the CDWP.
Similarly, addressing energy crisis the country, important projects like “Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project (90 percent by World Bank 10 percent by sponsors own sources)” costing Rs 79.488 billion, “Detail Design and Construction of Matiltan Hydropower Project (84 MW) District Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” costing Rs 15.1 billion, “Detailed Design and Construction of Lawi Hydropower Project Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” costing Rs 12.2 billion, “Establishment of 48 MW Jagran-II Hydro Electric Power Station (Phase-II), District Neelum in AJK (Revised) (French Loan)” costing Rs 7.0 billion and four Grid Station located in Balochistan and Punjab were also considered. These projects will generate about 200 MW electricity after completion. For improving and conserving water resources in the country, nine projects of water sector costing over Rs 12.0 billion were considered by CDWP mainly “Bazai Irrigation Project Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, “Remodeling of SMB Link Canal and Enhancing Capacity Mailsi Syphon, at Bahawalpur District and “Channelization of Deg Nullah from Muridke Narowal Road to Outfall (Punjab ADP).” Moreover, CDWP advised the executing agencies to float projects on BoT basis to involve private sector in the development process of the country.
For rehabilitation and reconstruction of flood-affected areas, seven development schemes costing Rs 5.5 billion were approved. These projects include “Construction and Rehabilitation of Road Infrastructure Damaged due to Flood and Heavy Rain 2010,”
“Rehabilitation and Restoration of Water Management Infrastructure,
Development and Purchase, Repair of Machinery in Flood Affected Areas of
Balochistan,” “Post Flood Reconstruction, Replacement Projects in FATA ( Southern FATA Communication Sector),”
“Post Flood Reconstruction, Replacement Projects in FATA (Central FAT) Communication Sector (Kurram and Orakzai Agencies),” “Post Flood Reconstruction, Replacement Projects in Communication Sector FATA (Sub-Northern FATA & FR’s) (Bajaur, Khyber Agencies FR’s Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu and Tank),” “Rehabilitation, Reconstruction of the Damaged Caused by 2010, Flood to Water Sector Infrastructure (Flood, Irrigation and Drainage)” and “Post Flood Reconstruction, Replacement of Projects in P.H.E Sector FATA.”
Physical Planning and Housing Sector projects include “Municipal Services Delivery Programme (MSDP)” in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa costing over Rs 15.0 billion to be implemented with USAID foreign assistance of Rs 13.0 billion.
Twelve projects of Higher Education Commission costing about Rs 20.0 billion were approved, recommended. Main projects include “Indigenous PhD Fellowships for 5000 Scholars, HEC” costing Rs 9.9 billion, “Master Leading to PhD Scholarship Programme (Indigenous and Overseas) for the Students of Balochistan (HEC) (Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package),” “Development of Infrastructure at Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal Balochistan.” “Development of
Chakdara, Dir (Lower) (Revised)” and “Immediate Needs of the
and Technology Bannu. An important project of Education Sector, “Punjab School
Libraries” to be funded under German debt was also considered. University of Science
Source: The Daily Times. 22 October 2011