CDWP approves development projects worth Rs 29.3 billion

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 10 (APP): The Central Development Working Party
(CDWP) in its meeting held here on Thursday approved various development projects worth Rs 29.3 billion as well as position papers of Rs 8.1 billion.
The CDWP meeting chaired by Federal Minister Planning, Development
and Reform Ahsan Iqbal approved construction and up-gradation of mosque at a cost of Rs.448 million at Pakistan Secretariat.
As many as 800 people could be able to offer prayers after the construction and up- gradation of the mosque.
The CDWP also referred a tree plantation project worth Rs 3.6 billion
to make Pakistan green to Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval.
The Minister directed to include students in Green Pakistan programme.
In energy sector, the meeting approved a project worth Rs 2.2 billion
to enhance capacity of Chitral Hydel Power Station from one Megawatt to five megawatt.
An advanced metering infrastructure project and billing system for
state owned Distribution Utilities in the country, a project worth Rs 2 billion was approved in the meeting to improve electricity metering and billing system in the country.
In the Water Resources sector, a project amounting to Rs 452 million
was approved for construction of small dams in Khyber Pakhtunkhaw (KP) province.
The CDWP approved Rs 1.8 billion for reconstruction and purchase of
300 traction motors for Pakistan railways.
Two separate projects for the construction of National Accountability
Bureau (NAB) Punjab Completion in Lahore at a cost of Rs 642 million and construction of Quetta Industrial and Trading Estate Phase-II at cost of Rs 519 million were approved.
The CDWP also approved construction of Bostan Industrial Estate worth Rs 519 million.
Ahsan Iqbal directed the Ministry of Industries and Production to submit the business plan of the both projects within 30 days.
In the education sector, an amount of Rs 1.6 billion was approved for
reconstruction of completely damaged school buildings in Bara, Khyber Agency while Rs 1.3 billion were approved for up-gradation of universities in backward areas of the country.
An amount of Rs 920 million was approved for construction of new campus in Government College University Faisalabad.
A project of restructuring of Pakistan Institute of Development
Economics to function as a world class center of excellence for research and post-graduate teaching by improving infrastructure and building capacity was approved.
In the Transport and Communication sector, the CDWP referred a
project amounting to Rs 4.3 billion for land acquisition and construction of 138 kilometer section of motorway from Faisalabad to Abdul Hakim to Executive Committee of National Economic Council.
A project worth of Rs 8.7 billion for dualization and improvement of Sohawa-Chakwal road was sent to ECNEC for approval.
Senior officials of federal and provincial governments attended the
meeting.