ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) Wednesday approved development projects worth Rs 218.219 billion including seven projects of Rs 203.483 billion, which were referred to the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC).
The recommended projects include the construction of motorway from Halka/Burhan on M-1 to D I Khan at the cost of Rs 129.781 billion as part of the western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The CDWP meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal was attended by senior federal and provincial officials concerned.
The projects approved and recommended to ECNEC related to energy, water resources, transport and communication, physical planning and housing, higher education, education governance, planning, development and reform sectors.
Regarding the motorway from Hakla/Burhan on M-1 to D I Khan, Ahsan Iqbal said this portion of CPEC western route was being built as per the decisions of All Parties Conference held in May last year.
The CDWP also approved and recommended Land Acquisition Affected Properties Compensation and Relocation of Utilities for the construction of motorway from Halka on M-1 to D I Khan at the cost of Rs 13.616 billion.
It approved and recommended installation of Ship Lift and Transfer System and associated machinery and equipment to provide docking and facilities to surface shops, submarines and commercial vessels up to Dead Weight 7.781 tons net lifting capacity at the cost of Rs.9.819 billion.
It also approved and recommended bridge across the River Indus connecting Larkana and Khairpur districts, approach road and River Training Works at the cost of Rs.13.796 billion.
The CDWP approved Musa Khail Tounsa Road (35 KM) Stretch to be constructed and linked with Zhob at the cost of Rs 2.991 billion.
The CDWP also gave approval to fesibilty study for the construction of breakwater at the eastern end of Jabel-e-Nuh at the cost of Rs 300 million.
It also approved development schemes in District Tor Ghar at the cost of Rs 319.461 million and in District Mansehra at the cost of Rs 925.737 million.
In higher education, the CDWP approved strengthening of research and academic facilities at Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) Nilor, Islamabad at the cost of Rs 1.541 billion with FEC of Rs 633 million and also strengthening of academic and research programmes at Bahria University, Islamabad/Karachi at the cost of Rs 1.528 billion with Rs 237 million FEC.
It also approved up-gradation and strengthening of essential facilities at Sukhur IBA at the cost of Rs 913.155 million with Rs 64 million FEC.
In education sector, the CDWP approved establishment of Smart School, which is part of Vision-2025 at the cost of Rs 238 million and up-gradation of Islamabad Capital Territory high schools at the cost of Rs 465.268 million.
Ahsan Iqbal directed the authorities concerned to make Smart School project a flagship project and also developed the education system in Islamabad on the lines that it would be model for the whole country.
In energy sector, the CDWP approved and recommended to ECNEC Golan Gol Hydro Power Project with a total cost of Rs 28.402 billion. The project has Rs 10.047 billion FEC.
It also approved and recommended to ECNEC 500 Kv Islamabad West project at the cost of Rs 3.621 billion.
The CDWP also approved and recommended to ECNEC 30.4 MW Jagran-I Hydro Power Project at the cost of Rs 4.646 billion with a FEC of Rs 2.392 billion.
In Water Resource sector, the CDWP approved Raghagan Small Dam Bajur Agency (Phase-II) at the cost of Rs 423.983 million.
The CDWP also approved the construction of Bada Dam project in Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the cost of Rs 1.180 billion and small dams in Khaliqabad district of Balochistan at the cost of Rs 300 million.
In Physical Planning and Housing Sector, CDWP approved Construction of Judicial and Administration Complex in Mauve Area G10/1 Islamabad at the cost of Rs.708.530 million.
In governance sector, the CDWP approved Support Project for Sustainable Development Goals Implementation at the cost of Rs 600 million with Rs 300 FEC.
It also approved Up-gradation of Jawad Azfar Computer Center at Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform at the cost of Rs.386.320 million.
In Planning, Development and Reform sector, the CDWP approved Cluster Development Based Industrial Transformation Plan-Vision 2025 at the cost of Rs 1 billion and Cluster Development Based Mineral Sector Transformation Plan-Vision 2025 at the cost of Rs 500 million.
The CDWP approved establishment of Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform Islamabad at the cost of Rs 128.40 million.
It approved PPMI Center of Excellence at the cost of Rs 100 million and establishment of Urban Planning & Policy Center at the cost of Rs 1.5 billion. The CDWP also approved concept clearance paper of Solar Power Park at F-9 Park Islamabad.