ISLAMABAD: Central Development Working Party considered 4 projects including two new projects and approved 1 project worth Rs 7.25 billion and approved 05 position Papers worth Rs 21 billion and 2 position papers worth Rs 37 billion referred to ECNEC for further approval.

The CDWP meeting held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan. During the meeting, two position-papers related to energy approved by CDWP. The first approved project namely “220KV Dhabeji Substation for Provision of electricity for Dhabeji Special Economic Zone (DSEZ)” worth Rs 4.2 billion. This project will facilitate the electrification of Dhabeji SEZ. Construction of 220 kV GIS substation at Dhabeji SEZ with associated transmission line has been planned to supply the ultimate load of 250 MW Dhabeji SEZ. The second approved position paper was titled “34.5 MW Harpo Hydropower Project District Sakrdu” worth Rs 9.5 billion. The project’s main objective is to provide adequate facilities for the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy, keeping in view the Baltistan region’s future requirements.

The projects related to physical planning & Housing presented in the meeting namely “Improvement of Water Treatment Plant and Water Distribution System in Faisalabad (construction of distribution centre, rehabilitation of Old Jhai Khanuana Water Treatment Plant (JICA Grant-in-Aid) Phase-1 Faisalabad worth Rs 7.2 billion approved in the meeting. 

The position papers related to Physical Planning & Housing presented in CDWP. First approved position paper, namely “Construction of Judicial and Administration Complex in Mauve area” worth Rs 538 million were approved in the meeting.

A position paper related to science & technology presented in the meeting, namely “Jalozai Campus of University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar” worth Rs. 6.5 billion approved by CDWP. 

Three position-papers related to transport & communications presented in the meeting, namely “Dualization & improvement of Old Bannu Road” worth Rs. 17.2 billion referred to ECNEC. Second PP titled “Land acquisition for Swat Motorway Phase –II” worth Rs. 20 billion also referred to ECNEC and “Accelerated Development Plan for Southern Balochistan” worth Rs 313 million approved by the CDWP. This project is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision for a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. Around 320,000 additional households will be provided with electricity, increasing the electricity provision from current 12% o 57% of the households, 100% households will be provided Gas facility, 640000 children will be facilitated through accelerated and distance learning programs, 16 dams will add 0.5 MAF of water storage sufficient to irrigate 0.15 million acres of land. So many other facilities are included in this.

CDWP also discussed two concept clearance proposals: “Sindh Human Capital Project Sindh 100 Days Plus Program” worth Rs. 2.5 billion and “Crises Resilient Social Protection” worth Rs 128 million.

Secretary Planning Mathar Niaz Rana, senior officials from Planning Commission and federal ministries/divisions, also participated in the meeting while representatives from provincial governments participated. 

Projects related to Energy, Physical Planning and Housing, Science & Technology and Transport & Communications were presented.


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