ISLAMABAD - The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) Monday approved 17 projects worth Rs19.2 billion and forwarded 7 mega projects of Rs.51.27 billion to Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) for further approval.

CDWP meeting was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz. Senior officials from federal and provincial governments participated in the meeting. The projects presented for approval included those from sectors of energy, water, transport and communication, physical planning, health, science and technology, culture, sports and tourism.

Rs.18.6 billion projects related to energy, Rs.5.8 billion projects related to water resources, Rs24.2 billion projects related to transport and communication, Rs 12.2 billion projects related to science and technology, Rs 8.3 billion projects related to health, Rs3.8 billion projects related to food and agriculture, Rs66.356 million projects related to physical planning while projects worth 592 million related to culture, sports and tourism were part of the CDWP meeting.

In energy sector, two projects worth Rs11533 million and Rs4339.05 were referred to ECNEC for approval. The projects were hydropower project at Attabad Hunza and evacuation of power from 1230MW RLNG power plant near Trimmu, Jhang.

CDWP considered two projects in water resources sector out of which one was referred to ECNEC for approval. The project was construction of Papin Dam in Tehsil Rawalpindi of worth Rs.5833.662 million. The project aims at conserving 89600 acre-feet of water for provision of assured irrigation water supply to 20,000 acres of barani land.

In transport and communication sector, three projects were approved and two were referred to ECNEC for further approval. The total cost of the approved projects is Rs 3781.478 million. The approved projects were: upgradation of railway stations at Hassan Abdal, Nankana Sahib and Narowal, construction of black top road in District Chaghi, and upgradation of terminal facilities and dry ports.

In physical planning and housing, CDWP approved three projects , which included construction of 1st floor of Academic Block at Civil Services Academy in Lahore worth Rs 140.5 million, construction of auditorium at National Police Academy in Islamabad worth Rs.79.461 million, and Business Complex R.O.D Plant worth Rs345.184 million.

In science and technology section, 10 projects were presented to CDWP out of which 9 were approved. The total cost of these projects is Rs12275.097 million. The projects include establishment of sub-campus of University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Depalpur, district Okara, strengthening of University of Sargodha and its sub campuses at Mianwali and Bhakkar, construction of hostel & academic infrastructure at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law Karachi, strengthening and upgradation of academic facilities at University of Sindh Jamshoro, establishment of Federal University at Hyderabad Sindh, upgradation of Government College of Technology (GCT) Khairpur into the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Technology and Skill Development in Khairpur, establishment of University of Education, and Competitive Research Programme.

In food and agriculture sector, Gawader Lesbela livelihood support project was referred to ECNEC for further approval.

In health section, two projects were discussed by CDWP , one was approved and the other was referred to ECNEC. The approved project is establishment of 300-bedded maternal and child health institute in Nawab Shah, district Shaheed Benazirabad worth Rs.1990.64 million.

CDWP approved Rs591.882 million project of culture, sports and tourism, replacement of synthetic hockey turfs in seven cities such as Islamabad, Faisalabad, Wah cantt, Peshawar, Quetta, Abbotabad and Lahore.