ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved as many as 11 development projects worth Rs63.82 billion.

The CDWP met with federal minister for planning, development and special initiatives in the chair at the P-Block Secretariat on Thursday.

The meeting was also attended by the Secretary Planning Ministry, Chief Economist, Members Planning Commission, and representatives from various ministries and divisions.

The forum considered 10 projects related to the Ministry of Housing and Works, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, the Ministry of Communication, the Ministry of Railways, and the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The CDWP approved the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Support Project (2nd Revised) at the cost of Rs909.285 million. The Construction of Lahore Sialkot Motorway (LSM) link Highway, 4-lane (2nd Revised PC-1) at the cost of Rs37.14 billion, Construction of Dhudial by-pass in District Chakwal (2nd Revised) at the cost of Rs1174.962 million, Integrated Energy Planning (IEP) for Sustainable Development at the cost of Rs438.112 million, Upgradation of Radiology Department at Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore at the cost of Rs1372.800 million, Faculty Development Program for Pakistani Universities (Revised) at the cost of Rs7142 million, Establishment of Institute of Progressive Sciences & Technology, Miranshah North Waziristan at the cost of Rs2 billion, National Police Hospital worth Rs6.48 billion, Greater Water Supply Scheme for Central Hunza from Attabad Lake at the cost of Rs1270.866 million and Technical Assistance for Punjab Affordable Housing Program at the cost of Rs3 billion.

The CDWP approved the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Support Project (2nd Revised) at the cost of Rs909.285 million. The 2nd revised project envisages establishing Project Management Unit (PMU) at the Ministry of Railways and a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in Lahore, for efficient and effective implementation of the CPEC activities on ML-1 of Pakistan Railways.

These activities primarily comprise supervision and monitoring of the project activities like preliminary design, cost estimation, preparation of PC-1, monitoring and processing of tenders for EPC contract(s), and monitoring and liaison during the execution of the project, and for this purpose, a specific provision was made in the PC-1 for hiring of human resource.

The forum also approved the construction of Dhudial by-pass District Chakwal (2nd Revised) at the cost of Rs 1174.962 million. The Ministry of Housing and Works is the sponsoring agency of the project. The project envisages the construction of a 6.5-kilometer connecting Mandra Chakwal Road with the construction of a flyover at Chakbeli road.

The construction of this road will contribute towards the development of an environment-friendly scheme, whereby the existing traffic and the projected traffic of the future will be catered for, with an enhanced level of services. This would result in significant benefits for the economy.

The CDWP also approved National Police Hospital at the cost of Rs6.48 billion. The Ministry of Interior is the sponsoring agency of the project. The project envisages the establishment of a 100-bed hospital to provide tertiary healthcare facilities to 12,000 personnel of the Islamabad Police and the general population of ICT. The scope of the project includes civil work for the construction of an eight-story hospital building, purchase of medical equipment, external development work, and establishment of PMU.

An upgradation of the Radiology Department at Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore at the cost of Rs1372.800 million was also approved by the CDWP. The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination is the sponsoring agency for this project.

The project envisages the upgradation of the Radiology Department of Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute Lahore, through the procurement of new equipment and replacement of old/ obsolete radiology equipment(s). A total of 18 types of different equipment shall be procured including 1.5 Tesla MRI machine, 128 slice CT Scanner, Mobile X-rays, etc.

The CDWP also approved Faculty Development Program for Pakistani Universities (Revised) at the cost of Rs7,142 million, while HEC is the sponsoring agency. This project will focus on Faculty Development (Indigenous program for 2,000 Split Ph.D. scholarships, for faculty members of Public Sector Universities/DAIs having master's degrees with a minimum of 18 years of education).

The establishment of the Institute of Progressive Sciences and Technology, Miranshah North Waziristan at the cost of Rs2 billion is another project that was approved by the CDWP forum. The HEC is the sponsoring agency of the project.

The project includes civil work, laboratory equipment, PMU, and operational costs. This institute will offer undergraduate programs in four major faculties including management sciences, business and entrepreneurship, natural sciences, and arts and humanities.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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krishna sampath Mar 03, 2023 07:54am
from where the money will come when they are struggling and expecting 1.1 billion dollars from IMF? Their liqudation from IMF is only to manage the budget and payments but for development they have to raise taxes or some one should be willing to invest. The CPEC is hanging around without much pay off for the existing projects how other CPEC projects which hasn't begun is going to pay off. Unless all the surplus money or unspent money is sitting some where else such projects cannot be undertaken when the nation is suffering from such hyper inflation and high interest rates. Let god bless pak to come out of this economic mess.
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