CDWP APPROVES 18 PROJECTS OF WORTH RS 154 BILLION
Chitral Times Report
ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party ( CDWP)
approved various significant projects to transmit electricity from
the power plants to the national grid for transfer to upcountry
Overall, the CDWP approved 18 projects of worth Rs154 billion,
including seven project costing Rs 134 billion, which were referred
to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
In addition it approved two position papers.
The meeting was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning,
Development and Reform Prof Ahsan Iqbal, and was attended by senior
officers of the provincial governments and ministries concerned.
In energy sector, CDWP approved and referred two projects including
evacuation of power from 2 x1100 MW K-2/K-3 coastal power plants
near Karachi worth Rs 5.6 billion with FEC Rs 2.6 billion and
evacuation of power from 2 x 660 MW Thar coal based SSRL/SECL power
plant at Thar worth Rs 23 billion with FEC Rs 12 billion to ECNEC.
It also approved evacuation of power from 350 MW Siddiqsons energy
coal fired power plant near Port Qasim worth Rs 2.9 billion with
FEC Rs 1.4 billion. The three projects aim to transmit power from
the power plants and transfer it to the national grid .
The CDWP approved rehabilitation of damaged 66 KV grid station at
Ghiljo Orakzai Agency worth Rs 145 million and construction of 132
KV SDT transmission line for making interconnecting arrangement
between 132 KV grid station Kharan & Mall grid (82 KM) worth Rs 650
million . It referred 500 KV Chakwal substation worth Rs 7 billion
with FEC Rs 3.8 billion to ECNEC.The CDWP also gave clearance and
referred revised Koto hydropower project located in Lower Dir,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ECNEC worth Rs 14 billion with FEC Rs 7
In transport and communication sector, CDWP approved revised
project of improvement and construction of Jalkhad- Chilas road
project worth Rs 7.8 billion, feasibility studies of up-gradation
of existing railway line from Rohri to Koti- Taftan via Quetta
including the realignment of Sibi-Spezand Section (1022 kms) and
feasibility study of rail link from Quetta to Kotla Jam (538 Kms) (updation
of existing feasibility study) worth Rs 292 million. This project
would help to connect Quetta to Peshawar through rail.
It also approved up-gradation of VHF communication system for
operational staff worth Rs 737 million. In addition it approved
up-gradation of road from RCC Konodas Bridge to Naltar Airbase Camp
via Nomal (47 km) of worth Rs 2.7 billion.
The CDWP approved saaf suthro Sindh (SSS) Programme – scaling up of
rural sanitation worth Rs 1.5 billion in principle. While giving
his observations Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal observed that the
project needed restructuring to ensure solid outcomes and
deliverables. The CDWP approved Punjab Irrigated Agriculture
Productivity Improvement (PIPIP) worth Rs 80 Billion with FEC Rs 48
billion. Federal Minister Ahan Iqbal stressed the need to partner
agricultural university in this project for research and innovation
In Higher Education, CDWP approved provision of academic and
research facilities, Air University, Islamabad worth Rs 1.6 billion
with FEC Rs 269 million. However, the minister urged to rationalise
scope of the project.
In Information Technology, CDWP approved provision of seamless GSM
Coverage along KKH in support of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
and up-gradation of GSM Network for Gilgit Baltistan Phase-II worth
Rs 3.3 billion.
The CDWP approved institutional strengthening & efficiency
enhancement of Planning Commission worth Rs 200 million. It gave
clearance to two projects in principle which includes Pakistan
Programme – revival of wildlife resources in Pakistan worth Rs 1.1
billion and Zoological survey of Pakistan worth Rs 99 million. The
chair observed to review and rationalize the cost of the project.
In addition, CDWP also approved 2 position papers which includes
construction of 100 dams in Tehsil Dubandal, Gulistan, Killa
Abdullah and Chaman area in Killa Abdullah worth Rs 1.5 billion and
Pehur high level canal extension district Swabi worth Rs 10