Islamabad: On Monday, the meeting of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, cleared two development projects with a cumulative estimated cost of Rs. 5bn and recommended three projects worth Rs. 53.50bn to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for further consideration.

Projects related to agriculture and food, governance, transport and communications were presented in the meeting.

A project related to agriculture and food presented in the meeting namely “Gwadar-Lesbella Livelihood Support Project Phase-II” worth Rs. 12.3 billion was referred to ECNEC for approval.

This project will have a holistic poverty graduation approach covering all 0-40 households, secondly, it will revamp the large footprint and assured participation of all 0-40 as members. Thirdly, a comprehensive three-pronged fisheries value chain development will be pursued combining; value chain development package, infrastructure up-gradation and supportive policy and regulators.

A project related to governance presented in the meeting titled “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Unit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (UNDP Assisted)-1 Revised” worth Rs. 700.268 million approved in the meeting. The main objective of the project is mainstreaming SDGs in local development plans and strategies clearly delineating the resource requirements, strengthening institutional coordination, reporting and monitoring mechanism for SDGs, financing for SDGs and supporting integrated and innovative approaches to accelerate progress on SDGs.

Three projects related to transport and communications presented in the meeting. First project presented in the meeting namely “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Roads Rehabilitation Project under PKHA portfolio” worth Rs. 28155.972 million recommended to ECNEC. The revised PC-1 of the project envisages rehabilitation of 274 km of existing provincial highway network of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The revised PC-1 also includes construction of bridges, culverts, drainage, erosion & ancillary works along with ailed facilities.

Second project “Up-gradation of Road from RCC Konodas Bridge to Naltar Airforce Base Camp via Nomal” revised costing Rs. 4286.424 million was approved. The third project under transport and communication namely  “Feasibility study and Dualization of Mardan Swabi Road” worth Rs. 13024.42 million recommended to ECNEC for further approval.

Hamza Habib is a senior journalist and former editor of who has previously worked for leading newspapers and TV networks of the country. He mainly writes on the economy and political issues.


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