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National Space Programme: Govt to undertake 13 projects worth Rs 27.62bn in 3 years.

ISLAMABAD, May 26 -- The government has planned to start 13 new projects worth Rs 27.614 billion under the National Space Programme (NSP) and an allocation of Rs 3.656 billion for new and ongoing projects is expected to be approved for the next fiscal year 2010-11, official sources informed here on Tuesday.

At present the total size of NSP is estimated at Rs 24.601 billion and some Rs 14.822 billion has already been spent on the programme. The new projects to be undertaken under this programme are estimated to consume Rs 27.614 billion in the next three years.

An allocation of Rs 3.307 billion is expected to be made for the 22 ongoing projects and only Rs 348.406 million will be allocated for the new projects including establishment of National Electronic Complex of Pakistan (NESCOM) worth Rs 25.5 billion, including Rs 17.850 billion worth foreign exchange component, sources added.

NSP was getting higher allocations when the economy was in good condition, but now the economic constraints have led to lower allocations for this vital programme of the country.

These allocations have been proposed for NSP to the National Economic Council (NEC), which is scheduled to meet on May 28 with the prime minister in the chair.

According to the new allocations for the ongoing projects, development of flexible bearing SUPARCO plant in Karachi is Rs 31.480 million, development of composite pressure vessel in Karachi is Rs 8.420 million, development of large diameter rocket motor casing using maraging steel, Karachi Rs 34.200 million, development of satellite environmental validation and testing (EVT) facility, Lahore is Rs 41.151 million, upgradation of quality assurance and quality control labs, Karachi Rs 32 million, human resource development (phase-1) for national satellite development programme, Karachi Rs 50.810 million, know how development and capacity building in satellite engineering and technology, Lahore Rs 75.891 million, upgradation of pre-plant testing facility, Lasbela Rs 3.361 million, Pakistan Communication Satellite System (PAKSAT-IR) Rs 1.456 billion, design and development of compact antenna test range (CATR) facility Rs 240.156 million, development of satellite assembly integration and test (SAINT) facility, Lahore Rs 39.929 million, attitude and orbital control system center, Karachi Rs 91.685 million, remote sensing data transmission facility, Karachi Rs 62.529 million, satellite bus development facility (phase-1) Rs 207.214 million, development of satellite dynamic system test facility Rs 101.213 million, Pak-Sat project (phase-1) extension Rs 346.626 million, upgradation of precision machine shop in Karachi is Rs 66.340 million, design and development and testing of special metallic joint, Karachi Rs 26 million, development of CFIs for fly-on-board communication satellite Pak-Sat-IR Rs 118.557 million, development of various labs for national satellite development programmes Rs 110.385 million, development logistic support facilities for national satellite development programmes Rs 165.981 million.

Some 13 new projects under the NSP would be initiated during the next fiscal year 2010-11. According to the details of the major new projects, establishment of MSA digitised operations room at new HQ MSA building Rs 19.990 million, establishment of Pak-China seismic network in Pakistan PMD Rs 20 million, national electronic complex of Pakistan (NESCOM) Rs 200 million and national canine centre Rs 30 million.

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Date:May 26, 2010
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