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CDWP approves projects worth over Rs 15 bn.

ISLAMABAD -- The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved various projects worth over Rs 15 billion in different sectors including Higher Education Commission (HEC), energy, housing, mass media and science and technology.

The meeting of CDWP was held here Wednesday under the chairmanship of Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms.

While considering the projects presented by HEC, Ahsan Iqbal said "our main priority is education and therefore HEC has been allocated record budget in current PSDP 201415".

The CDWP approved Rs 599.87 million for strengthening of Kohat University of Sciences and Technology while Rs 591.604 million were approved for strengthening of research programmes at H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi.

Similarly for strengthening of Khyber Medical University Peshawar, the CDWP approved Rs 983.187 million while for establishment of headquarters NUST and HiTech Postgraduate Science & Technology Institutes at Islamabad, an amount of Rs. 2514.106 million were approved in the meeting.

The project of NUST was originally approved by Executive Council of National Economic Council (ECNEC) on February, 28, 2002 at a cost of Rs. 956.543 million including FEC Rs.150.078 million.

The revised project was approved by ECNEC on September, 19, 2007 at a cost of Rs.2270.872 million including FEC Rs 185.660 million.

The meeting also approved Rs 661.029 million for strengthening of Faculty of Oral Health Sciences and Support Facilities at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi.

In the energy sector, the CDWP approved Rs 1896.66 million including FEC Rs 1403.08 million for replacement of depleted material MoW&P 1450.83 1241.09 at existing 500 kv & 220 KV grid station.

The main objective of the project is replacement of obsolete and underrated equipments installed at various grid stations of NTDC system in order to provide transmission facilities to meet the power demand of DISCOs.

For establishment of rebroadcast station, Mian Channu (Revised), an amount of Rs. 174.562 million was approved by the CDWP.

The atation will provide TV coverage to 7800 sq. km and serve a population of 1.80 million around District Khanewal.

The meeting also approved Rs 216.915 million for construction of residential buildings for Force HQ GB scouts and 113 Wing at Gilgit.

The project aims at the construction of residential accommodation for troops of Force Headquarters GilgitBaltistan Scouts and 113 Wing, Gilgit.

The CDWP also approved Rs 112.52 million for construction of single and married accommodation officers for HQ GB Scouts Gilgit.

The project aims at the provision of residential and nonresidential accommodation to the single and married officers, JCOs and others for Headquarter GilgitBaltistan Scouts (Revised).

Similarly, for construction of Islamabad High Court Building at Islamabad (Modified PC1) a total of Rs 2906.306 million were also approved while for construction of Federal Judicial Academy Centre of Excellence, H8/4, Islamabad (PhaseII) (2nd Revised), an amount of Rs. 1294.896 million was also approved.

In science and technology sector, Rs 862.926 million were approved for strengthening of existing departments at Islamia University, Bahawalpur whereas for construction of office building for ministry of Science & Technology and its Organizations (3rd Revision), Rs 1330.083 million were approved.

The CDWP also approved Rs 911.28 million for construction of small storage dams, delay action dams, retention weirs, flood diversion weirs and I.S.S.O barriers in arid zone while for construction of two recharge dams Malir Bakhshan and Ran Pathani in Lower Division KohistanII, Sindh, an amount of Rs 876.465 million was approved.

The CDWP also cleared three projects and recommended them to ECENC.Those projects include GilgitBaltistan Livelihoods Development Project (Total Cost: US $30 million), 20 kv Substation chakdara (NTDC) (Total Cost: Rs. 4917.18 million) and Rawalpindi Islamabad Metro Bus Project and construction of Bus Depot near Peshawar Morr (Total Cost: Rs. 1477.762 million).

Earlier addressing the meeting, Ahsan Iqbal said that public funds earmarked for development should be spent transparently to create highest value.

The Federal Minister said, "No compromise on standard of work

and delivery of services will be tolerated". He directed the project execution authorities to speed up work on projects so that loss due

to "dharnas" can be neutralized.

Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said that distribution network and transmission lines of electricity projects must be upgraded and augmented on priority basis to cater for the additional generation due to upcoming mega projects.

He directed project sponsoring authorities that all power projects should be routed through NTDC to ensure timely evacuation of power. A tangible liaison must be maintained with NTDC by executioners of power projects.

While indicating to current political situation in the country,

the Federal Minister said that whatever the circumstances may be, the federal government was resolute to complete the public sector projects

in order to make Vision 2025 materialize into reality.
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Date:Sep 25, 2014
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