220 kV sub station at Chakdra: Rs 4.39 billion PC-1 approved by Ecnec

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved Rs 4.397 billion PC-1 for setting up of 220 kV sub station at Chakdra. The meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar considered and approved Ministry of Water and Power proposal for establishing a 220 kV sub station at Chakdra with a total cost of Rs 4.397 billion, including Foreign Exchange Component (FEC) of Rs 1.916 billion.

The project aims at meeting growing power demand of Dir, Malakand, Mardan, Swat and Dargai under the jurisdiction of Pesco. The meeting also discussed and approved Khyber Pakhtunkhawa government for integration of health services delivery with special focus on Maternal New-born and Child Health (MNCH), Lady Health Worker (LHW), Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI) and Nutrition Programme (USAID and DFID-assisted).

The project envisages integration of three vertical health programmes EPI, MNCH, Family Planning & PHC Programme (LHW Programme) and Nutrition Programme for provision of primary healthcare without duplication of resources. Federal government would keep on financing the LHW Programme till 30.6.2015 in accordance with the decision of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) taken on April 28, 2011.

The meeting was informed that any additional demand of funds by the provincial governments would be examined by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms. Matter of federal financing of LHW Programme beyond 2015, ie, up to 2017 would be discussed and decided in the next National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2014