The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has proposed 15 small and large development schemes worth Rs 99.4 billion.
CDWP has the authority to approve projects under Rs 3 billion, while higher cost projects are presented before the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval.
The development took place in a CDWP meeting under the chair of Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal. Various representatives from concerned ministries were also participating in the meeting.
CDWP has proposed five major projects for transport and communication, energy and physical planning, worth Rs. 88 billion.
- 200KV Conductor Transmission Line – With an estimated cost of Rs. 8.4 billion, a new single-circuit, twin-bundle rail conductor transmission line of 200 KV capacity to will replace the existing pole transmission lines from Guddu to Sibi via Uch and Shikarpur power plants.
- Institutes of Nuclear Medicine – The construction of two institutes named Gujranwala Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Radiotherapy and Gilgit Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Oncology and Radiotherapy have been approved. The costs for these projects are 2.39 billion and 2.3 billion PKR, respectively.
- Greater Karachi Sewerage Plan – To reduce pollution, a sewerage plan worth Rs. 36.117 billion has been proposed which will be sponsored by the Sindh government.
- Water Distribution Network – Rs. 880.5 million is to be spent for the establishment of a water distribution network for Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonment. It is planned to be completed by the end of this year.
- Upgradation of Quetta-Dadher section of N-65 – The upgradation, widening, and rehabilitation of N-65 section is being done with an aim to provide inter-provincial access between Balochistan and Sindh. The project costs Rs. 7.3 billion.
- Construction and Widening of Kalash Valley Road – The members of the meeting have approved the construction and improvement of the 47.93 km Kalash Valley Road worth Rs. 4.7 billion.
- Procurement and Manufacturing of Transportation Vehicles – 250 passenger coaches and 830 high-capacity bogie freight wagons are to be procured and manufactured at a cost of Rs. 31.1 billion, if the project is approved by ECNEC.
- Staff Quarters for Pakistan Railways – Staff quarters will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 788 million for Pakistan Railways.
- Sustainable Development Goals Unit in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Rs. 600 million is to be spent on the conversion of frameworks to solid plans both for provincial and district level governance and planning by developing short, medium and long-term plans.
- Planning Commission Efficiency Enhancement – Considering the Vision 2025 and CPEC, efficiency and institutional capacity of the Planning Commission is to be improved which requires a spending of Rs. 350 million.
- Expansion of PSDP-financed Projects Monitoring System – To ensure effective investment in the public sector, the monitoring and implementation activities are to be improved through projects worth Rs. 700 million .
- Science Talent Farming Scheme – The members approved a project for undergraduate students – worth Rs 2.9 billion – for the capacity building and grooming of students in mathematics and natural sciences.
Another project named National Pesticide Residues Monitoring System was deferred by the meeting. It will cost about Rs. 739 million.