At a CDWP meeting presided over by the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, 15 development projects worth a cumulative cost of Rs. 38.24 billion were cleared. The Deputy Chairman further recommended five projects worth Rs. 117.50 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for further consideration.
Senior officials from Planning Commission and Federal Ministries/Divisions also participated in the meeting while representatives from Provincial Governments participated through video link.
Projects related to Transport & Communications, Education, Energy, Environment, Governance, Health, Information Technology, Higher Education, Water Resources, and Physical Planning & Housing were considered in the meeting.
Four projects related to Transport & Communications were presented at the meeting, namely “Construction of Gilgit- Shandor Road (Length 216 km) on EPC Mode,” worth Rs. 49946.070 million, recommended to the ECNEC for consideration.
Three projects, namely “Construction Rehabilitation Improvement & widening of Chitral Ayun Bumborate Road,” worth Rs 7022.580 million, and “Rehabilitation and Up-gradation of Awaran Jhaljao Road,” worth Rs. 7412.722 million, and “Feasibility Study and Transaction Advisory Services for Peshawar Greater Railways,” worth Rs. 64.934 million were approved at the CDWP forum.
A project related to education was presented at the meeting, namely “Sindh Early Learning Enhancement through Classroom Transformation,” worth Rs. 28,000 million, pending ECNEC consideration. The project has been designed with lending support from the World Bank and a grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The project will annually benefit 0.85 million primary school students and 0.19 million grade 6-8 students in the selected target districts, where educational outcomes and gender equity are low, benefiting about 5.1 million students per year over the next five years.
A project related to Energy was also presented at the forum, namely “500/132 kV Allama Iqbal Industrial City, M-3 Industrial City Grid Station for supply of Power to Special Economic Zones in FIEDMC,” worth Rs. 6649.01 million, approved by the CDWP. The main scope of the project was to meet the 600 MW load demand of upcoming industrial estate AIIC under CPEC and M3-IC located at Sahianwala interchange at Faisalabad to be set by FIEDMC.
Furthermore, a project related to Environment was discussed in the meeting, namely “Pakistan Hydro-Met and Climate Services Project,” worth Rs. 9600.00 million, approved by the forum. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the delivery of reliable and timely climate change and hydro-metrological services and enhance community resilience to shocks, including socio-economic disruptions caused to communities by climate risk.
A project related to governance was presented in the meeting, namely “Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support for Sustainable Development Goals in Gilgit Baltistan,” worth Rs. 200 million, approved by the CDWP.
Three projects related to health were presented in the forum, namely “Up-Gradation of DHQ and THQ Hospitals in AJK Under the COVID-19 Responsive nd other Natural Calamities Control Program”, worth Rs. 1102.64, and “Up-Gradation of THQ Hospital Jaranwala District Faisalabad (From 60 Bedded to 100 Bedded)”, worth Rs. 287.818 million and “Up-Gradation of Atomic Energy Medical Center Phase-II Karachi,” worth Rs. 2329.640 million were approved by the CDWP.
SUPARCO presented two projects related to Information Technology, namely “Feasibility and System Definition Study of Pakistan Remote Sensing Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellite System,” worth Rs. 275 million, and “Advanced System for Pak Sat-IR Ground Control Segment,” worth Rs. 897.212 million. Both projects were approved after discussion.
Three projects related to Water Resources were presented to the meeting participants, namely “Construction of Awaran dam in District Panjgoor (S. Balochistan),” worth Rs. 14869.937 million, and “Construction of Panjgoor Storage Dam in District Panjgoor (S. Balochistan),” worth Rs. 12870.711 million, and “Construction of Gish Kaur Dam in District Kech (S. Balochistan),” worth Rs. 11789.592 million. These projects have been referred to the ECNEC for further recommendations.
A project related to Physical Planning & Housing, presented in the meeting, namely “Pak-China Technical & Vocational Institute at Gwadar,” worth Rs. 2099.262 million was approved in the meeting.
Additionally, the Ministry of Commerce presented three border market projects, namely “Establishment of Joint Border Market at Gabd, Chedgi Panjgoor, and Mand, Kech Balochistan,” worth Rs. 300 million, which were approved by the CDWP forum.