CDWP approves 6 projects costing Rs 177.36 bn.
The meeting which was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal was held here to consider public sector development projects.
Approved and recommended projects include Construction of Infrastructure for Power Park 6600 Megawatt project at Gadani (Balochistan), Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme K-IV (Sindh), Kala Dhaka Area Development Project (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Khyber Area Development Project (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Construction of 50-Bedded Hospital Including Hostels and other equipments at Pasni (Balochistan) and Red Chilies Processing Centre (Sindh).
While chairing the meeting, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal remarked that value chain of projects must be assessed before going for a project.
He said that distribution network and transmission lines of electricity projects must be upgraded and augmented to cater for the additional generation due to upcoming mega projects.
He further explained that these projects are in line with the Vision 2025 and help us in turning this Vision 2025 document into a reality.
He said that no compromise on standard of work and delivery of services will be tolerated and directed the project execution authorities to complete due diligence of all projects before proceeding. He further directed that utmost transparency and monitoring & implementation framework of projects be worked upon extensively.
According to details, the CDWP approved construction of Infrastructure for 6,600 Megawatt Pakistan Power Park Project at Gadani costing Rs 144627.1 million (15% funding by Government of Pakistan and 85% debt financing) aims at development of infrastructure facilities at Pakistan Power Park at Gadani for establishing 10 x 660 Megawatt of imported coal fired power generation plants.
The project will help in developing the infrastructure of Pakistan Power Park at Gadani by installation of coal supply system, jetty head, cooling water facilities and several other installations. The project was recommended for consideration of ECNEC.
While discussing the Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme (K-IV) (Phase-I), the Minister informed the house that financial share of the federal government in the project has been raised from one-third to half
in compliance of Prime Minister of Pakistan's commitment during his recent visit to Karachi. The Minister said that some people blame federal government of interfering in provincial matters.
He added that the federal government interferes but in a positive manner like in this project. He also sought assurance from provincial authorities regarding availability of water in the project and directed the authorities to provide clean drinking water to the people of Karachi on an urgent basis.
The Minister expressed his reservation over the waste management system in Karachi. He said that the solid waste of Karachi is dumped into sea which is creating many environment and health hazards for people.
The forum approved the project subject to the condition that cost escalation in the project in any case will be borne by the provincial government. Minister also stressed upon the authorities to use funds in
an efficient manner and ensure transparency at all stages. The project was recommended for consideration of ECNEC.
Kala Dhaka Area Development Project (Rs 1700.968 million) and Khyber Area Development Project (Rs 1235.53 million) of Narcotics Control Division aim to support rural transformation and promotion of legitimate agricultural activities and enhancement of mobility through construction of roads in select areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The projects were approved in principle.
Construction of 50-bedded hospital in Pasni area of Balochistan costing Rs 440.9 million will provide hostels, residential accommodation, medical equipment, ambulances and other vehicles at the hospital which
will help in providing modern health facilities to the people of Balochistan. The Minister said that this project is one of many initiatives of federal government for the development of Balochistan. This project was approved in principle by CDWP.
Red Chilies Processing Centre (RCPC) project of Industries and Production Division costing Rs 244.7 million is located in Umerkot
District of Sindh envisages adapting innovative drying techniques, which will reduce the moisture content of the fresh chilies and also dehydration of onions and garlic helping in adding value to finished products. The project was approved by CDWP.
Balochistan Nutrition Program for Mothers and Children of Government of Balochistan costing Rs 1492.62 million will achieve the objective of ensuring availability of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and community-based management of severe acute malnutrition (CMAM) services. This project was also approved by CDWP.