ECNEC approves seven development projects

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APP60-26 ISLAMABAD: July 26 - Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chairing ECNEC Meeting at PM Office. APP

ISLAMABAD, July 26 (APP): The Executive Committee of the
National Economic Council (ECNEC) here on Wednesday approved seven
development projects for various areas in the country.
The approval had been given in a meeting chaired by Finance
Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar.
ECNEC considered and approved the Punjab Tourism for Economic
Growth Project. The project was aimed to promote domestic tourism by providing infrastructure facilities like wide access roads, tourism facilitation, provision of rest areas and other public convenience facilities along with providing training to tourism related persons in various cities of Punjab, said a press release.
The cities include, Lahore, Gujranwala, Taxila, Nankana,
Sheikhupura, Narowal, Bahawalpur, Chakwal, Mithan Kot etc. The total
cost of the Project was Rs.5775 million.
The CAREC Corridor Development Investment Program was
discussed and approved by ECNEC at a cost of Rs. 21,041 million.
The project was aimed at dualization and rehabilitation of 208 Km
of three road sections on the N-55 in the provinces of Sindh (Petaro
to Sehwan & Ratodero to Shikarpur-dualization work) and Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa (Darra Adam Khel to Peshawar-Rehabilitation Work).
The Dualization and Improvement of Sohawa-Chakwal Road project
also received ECNEC’s nod of approval.
The project which would cost Rs. 7980.475 million envisages
improvement of 66.405 Km long existing road to a width of 7.3 Meters
(2-lanes carriage way) and construction of additional 7.3 Meters
wide road (2-lanes carriageway) to make it dual carriageway besides
provision of allied facilities and structures.
After consideration, ECNEC approved the Construction of
Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Bridge over River Indus (Distts of Rahim Yar
Khan & Rajanpur) with guide banks linking N-5 with N-55 including
approach road at a cost of Rs. 9304.160 million.
The project regarding Extension of Right Bank Outfall Drain
from Sehwan to Sea, (RBOD-II), Distts Jamshoro and Thatta, Sindh was
also approved by ECNEC at a cost of Rs. 61.985 billion.
ECNEC discussed and approved the Lower Indus Right Bank
Irrigation and Drainage Project at a cost of Rs. 17,505.018 million.
RBOD-I project is part of master plan with aim to disposing
off effluents from the right bank of Sukkhur and Guddu Barrage
commands in Sindh.
ECNEC also approved the project of Balochistan Effluent
Disposal into RBOD-III (Location: Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Baluchistan
and Jacobabad, Kambir, Shahdad Kot, Sindh) at a cost of
Rs.10,804.540 million.
The project aims at providing disposal facilities for
waterlogged areas in Sindh and Balochistan to increase agricultural
production.