ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has cleared 19 development projects worth Rs 142.3 billion while recommending six projects to the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval during its meeting held on Monday.

The CDWP considered 19 development projects related to the Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Water Resources, Power Division, Higher Education Commission HEC and Ministry of IPC during it second last meeting of the facial year.

The meeting was chaired by Secretary of Planning Development & Special Initiatives Syed Zafar Ali Shah which was attended by Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, Secretary Ministry of Communication, Chairman National Highway Authority, NHA, Members Planning Commission and other key stakeholders.

The 19 projects which were cleared including the construction of 2nd Circuit Stringing of 132KV transmission line from Jiwani to Gwadar(94MK) at the cost of Rs 2,322.940m, Strengthening Common Management Unit for AIDS, TB , Malaria and Accelerating Response to control the three disease in Pakistan at the cost of Rs 3,014.128 m, National Health Support Project for Ensuring Universal Health Coverage in Federating Area at the cost of Rs 2575.631 m, Establishment of National Cyber Security Academy at the cost of Rs 600 m, Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics at Government College University, Lahore at the cost of Rs 699.85 m, Establishment of University of North Waziristan Tribal District at the cost of Rs 2000 m, Strengthening of KBCMA CVAS at the cost of Rs 2,650.00 m, Establishment of Film Institute at PTVC Academy at the cost of Rs400m, LEU based Mo 99 Production Facility at the cost of Rs1,325m, Conversion of Braking System of 328 Nos MBFRs from Vacuum Brake to Air Brake System at the cost of Rs 676 m, Compensation and Relocation of Utilities of existing N-35 in Abbottabad City at the cost of Rs8,323.750m, Improvement of Road from Rohri to Guddu Barrage at M-5 Interchange Sadiqabad via Khanpur Mahar, Mirpur Mathelo & Mureed Shakh at the cost of 6,342 m, Land Acquisition of Building, Dualzation of Tando Allajyar to Tando Adam Raod(31.40km) at the cost of Rs3,899.735m.

The six projects were recommended to Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) which includes Construction of Muzaffarabad -Mansehra Road(26.6km) at the cost of Rs 44,720.00m, Construction of Mini Sports Complexes in 250 districts at the cost of Rs 12,000.00m and Establishment & Upgrading of 250 Vocational Training Institutes across Pakistan at the cost of Rs 12,609.00m and Construction of New Bridge with Approach Roads between Sukkur- Rohri over Indus River at the cost of Rs 10279.029m, Construction of Sharda-Noori Top-Jalkhad SNJ Road (50.352) at the cost of Rs 16,320m, Land Acquisition, Affected properties and Compensation for Rajanpur-DG Khan Section as 4-Lane Highway 7 Dulization, Rehabilittaion of DG Khan- DI Khan of N-55(329.7KM) at the cost of Rs 11,577.33m.

The forum recommended Construction of Muzaffarabad -Mansehra Road(26.6km) at the cost of Rs 44,720.00m. The project envisages construction of a 26.6-kilometer long road, connecting to Mansehra – Muzaffarabad. The scope of work includes construction of 11-bridges and 02-tunnels on the left bank of River Jehlum and Kunar will be an important link of the envisioned Economic Corridor of the country. The purpose of the project is to provide fast connectivity from Motorway Network to Azad Kashmir i.e. by having 04-lane divided controlled access Expressway.

The construction of Mini Sports Complexes in 250 district at the cost of Rs 12,000m was recommended to the ECNCE. The project envisages promotion of sports through infrastructure development by establishing/ upgrading 250 Mini-Sports Complexes across Pakistan through 50:50 cost sharing between federal and provincial governments. The objective of the project is provision of sports facilities at grass root level. The provincial government will be responsible for availability of land while the federal government will be responsible for construction of mini complexes through PSDP.
The forum also recommended establishment and up gradation of 250 Vocational Training institutes across Pakistan including AJK, GB& newly merged districts of KP. The total cost of the project is Rs 12,609.00 m and National Vocational &Technical Training Commission(NAVTTC) will be the lead executing agency. Provincial Governments, Provincial Technical and Vocational Education & Training Authorities (TEVTAs) of Punjab, Sindh, KP Balochistan, AJK , Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) will be at provincial level. 300,000 youth will be trained through job skills under the project.

Similarly, the Construction of new bridge with Approach Roads between Sukkur- Rohri over Indus River at the cost of Rs 10279.029 m was also recommended to the ECNCE. The project envisages construction of new bridge over River Indus between Sukkur and Rohri. The City of Sukkur is the third largest city of Sindh province situated on the West Bank of River Indus whereas Rohri is one of the biggest Railway hubs of Pakistan. At present, there are three Roadriver crossings between Rohri and Sukkur city.

The forum also cleared Construction of 2nd Circuit Stringing of 132KV transmission line from Jiwani to Gwadar (94MK) at the cost of Rs 2,322.940m.

The Establishment of University of North Waziristan Tribal District at the cost of Rs 2000m was approved which is the landmark decision for the students of FATA. During the meeting, Secretary PD&SI observed that approval of Establishment of North Waziristan University as a major landmark as it will be a great blessing and opportunity for the youth of merged areas.

The forum also considered the proposal for the Establishment of Knowledge Park at Islamabad & Network of Digital Libraries Capitals across Pakistan at the cost of Rs 6,902.00m. HEC submitted the project envisaging the establishment of a state-of-the art Knowledge Park and development of Digital Libraries network at federal capital and at all provincial capitals across Pakistan. The knowledge park will be a home to technology leaders, innovative start-ups, and creative industries, plus thriving University.

The feasibility study for Metro Bus route in Quetta was considered and Government of Balochistan was directed to coordinate with Punjab Mass Transit Authority for the said study till the next CDWP to be held on June 29.

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