7 development projects worth Rs19.4bn approved

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ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting has approved 7 developmental projects worth Rs19.4 billion.

Various projects related to Health, Physical Planning and Housing, Education, Transport and Communication, Science and Technology and Water Resources were presented in the meeting presided by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jahanzeb Khan.

Secretary Planning Zafar Hassan, senior officials from Planning Commission, federal ministries and divisions also attended the meeting, while representatives of the provincial governments participated through a video conference.

In addition, the committee submitted 2 concept clearance proposals worth $330 million to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) including ‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Human Capital Investment Project’ Health and Education component worth Rs13.26 billion and Rs18.91 billion respectively.

CDWP approved a project titled “Construction of Small Storage Dams in Khuzdar” worth Rs3.05 billion.

Three projects submitted under the Science and Technology sector, including ‘Upgradation of Halal Authentication Labs at OCSIR Labs Complex’ at Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar worth Rs723 million, ‘Establishment of PCSIR Laboratories’ at Multan costing Rs1.6 billion, and ‘Feasibility study of digital process control and automation in High tech bio-facility at PCSIR Islamabad’ worth Rs336 million was approved by the committee.

The construction of 77km long Ziarat-Dalbadin-Balanosh road project was approved by the committee at a cost of Rs3.05 billion, submitted under transport and communication.

Under the education sector, two projects titled ‘Provision of Basic Educational Facilities in Educational Institutions of ICT under FDE’ worth Rs6.9 billion, and ‘Renovation/Rehabilitation of Physical Infrastructure of 200 Educational Institutions under PM’s Education Sector Reforms in ICT, Islamabad, Phase-II’ worth Rs3.73 billion was approved.

The “National Education Action Plan for COVID-19: ASPIRE” worth $230 million was also approved by the committee after discussing the financial plan provided by Global Partnership for Education (GPE), World Bank and DFID to support Pakistan’s education sector amidst COVID-19.

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