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ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved as many as four development projects at the cost of Rs16.112 billion and recommended two projects valued at Rs44.172 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for consideration.

During the CDWP meeting, which was chaired by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, projects related to energy, culture, sports and tourism, transport and communication, food and agriculture, and governance were discussed.

Planning and Development's Additional Secretary Humair Karem, senior officials from the Planning Commission and federal ministries/divisions were also present on the occasion, while representatives from the provincial governments participated via video link.

An energy project, "Establishment of 48.0 MW Jagran Hydropower Station Phase-11 District Neelum, AJK" worth Rs11.372 billion was referred to the ECNEC for further approval. The proposed project envisages construction of 48MW Jagran Hydro Power Station.

The project is a run-off river type and located in District Neelum. A project related to culture, sports and tourism namely "Heritage and Urban Regeneration in Lahore Tourism Development in Lahore Fort and its Buffer zone" at the cost of Rs3.66 billion was approved in the meeting.

The project envisages restoration and preservation of various components of the Lahore Fort along with rehabilitation, reconnection of fort with the walled city and up-gradation of outskirts.

Three projects related to transport and communications were presented in the meeting.

First project, "Rehabilitation of Pasni Fish Harbor Project" at the cost of Rs1,454.987 million, second project, "Infrastructure up-gradation of Karachi shipyard and Engineering works Ltd" worth Rs7.789 billion, and third project, "Construction of Road from Zeyara to Dabori, District Orakzai" worth Rs3,213. 217 million were approved in the meeting.

A project related to food and agriculture namely, "Locust Emergency and Food Security Project" worth Rs32.8 billion was referred to the ECNEC.

This project will be carried out in 18 districts of four provinces.

The project aims to enhance food security and growth of the sector through control over locust outbreak, strengthening the national food security system, and mitigate negative social and economic impact associated with locust attack.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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