ISLAMABAD:

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) that approved 10 development projects worth Rs1,073.41 billion.

Of these projects, three worth Rs9.41 billion had been approved by the CDWP, while the forum also recommended seven projects worth Rs1,064 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for its consideration, a statement said.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Planning Ministry Secretary Syed Zafar Ali Shah, additional secretary, senior joint economist, Planning Commission members and representatives from various ministries and divisions.

The projects discussed in the meeting covered sectors such as agriculture and food, education, transport and communications, and water resources.

One of the projects, namely ‘Prime Minister’s National Programme for Socialisation of Agriculture Tube Wells’ with a cost of Rs377,236.275 million has been recommended to Ecnec for its consideration.

The Ministry of Education presented a project titled ‘Establishment of Federal Government College of Home Economics Management Sciences and Specialized Discipline, F-11/1 Islamabad’ worth Rs2,637.769 million, which was approved by the CDWP.

The forum also approved a project called ‘Establishment of Women Sub-Campus, University of Swat, Charbagh Swat, KPK’ worth Rs1,360.266 million.

The Transport and Communications sector presented five projects in the forum.

The first project ‘Lahore Ring Road Southern Loop Construction of Road from Raiwind Road up to Multan’ worth Rs17,785.8250 million has been recommended to Ecnec for its consideration.

The second project namely the ‘Punjab Arterial Roads Improvement Programme’ worth Rs188,965.060 million has also been sent to Ecnec.

While the third project, the ‘Construction of Yariq – Tank Road’ with a length of 35km and cost of Rs5,414.450 million was approved by the CDWP forum.

Whereas the fourth project ‘Construction of Hyderabad – Sukkur 306km, Six-Lane Divided Fenced Motorway on Built Operate Transfer’ worth Rs308,194 million has been recommended to Ecnec for further consideration.

The fifth project ‘Construction of KhawazaKhel – Besham Expressway’ spanning 48km and costing Rs79,130.878 million was also sent to Ecnec.

The Ministry of Water Resources presented two projects ‘Garuk Storage Dam District Kharan’ worth Rs27,553.186 million and ‘Remodeling of Pat Feeder Canal System’ worth Rs61,793.367 million, which the form recommended to Ecnec for consideration.

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