ISLAMABAD - The Central Development Working Party Thursday approved 15 projects worth Rs29.3 billion including Green Pakistan programme and construction of 20 small dams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The CDWP also approved two position papers for construction of small dams in district Manshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of worth Rs3.7 billion and construction of Ramma and Kasna dams in Tehsil Fateh Jang, district Attock of Rs 3.8 billion.

CDWP approved these projects in a meeting which was chaired by Federal Planning, Development and Reforms Minister Ahsan Iqbal. The meeting was attended by the senior officials belonging to both the federal and provincial governments.

Overall, the CDWP approved fifteen projects worth Rs 29.3 billion, including three projects costing Rs 16.7 billion, which were referred to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). The CDWP also approved four position papers of various sectors with cost of Rs 8.1 billion.

The CDWP approved Green Pakistan programme to revive forestry resources in the country with cost of Rs3.7 billion. Ahsan Iqbal urged to take on board Higher Education Commission and other educational institutions for appropriate implementation of the project. The minister directed officials of the Climate Change Division to coordinate with agricultural universities of each province and engage them in the plantation process.

CDWP further approved two projects of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of worth Rs 2.2 billion, one for upgradation of universities of backward areas with the cost of Rs 1.3 billion with Rs23 million for FEC and another one for the development of new campus of Government College University Faisalabad (Phase 2) of worth Rs920 million with FEC 94 million. The CDWP approved reconstruction/rehabilitation of fully damaged schools in Bara Khyber Agency under Chinese assistance (2016-17) of worth Rs1.6 billion .

In energy sector, CDWP approved capacity enhancement of Chitral Hydel Power Station from 1MW to 5MW of worth Rs2267 million with FEC of Rs574 million and advanced metering infrastructure project and billing system for state owned distribution utilities in Pakistan of worth Rs 2 billion with FEC Rs1.1 billion .

In water resource sector, CDWP approved construction of 20 small dams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with cost of Rs452 million. This project will help to irrigate 1,500 acres of land and will also supply drinking water to 15,000 inhabitants.

In transport and communication sector, CDWP approved and referred land acquisition for Faisalabad-Abdul Hakeem Motorway M-4 (138km) project of Rs4.3 billion and dualization and improvement of Sohawa -Chakwal Road of Rs 8.8 billion to ECNEC. It has also approved rehabilitation/procurement of re manufactured 300 traction motors of worth Rs 1.8 billion.

In physical planning & housing sector, CDWP approved construction /upgradation of mosque at Pakistan Secretariat, Islamabad with the cost of Rs 448 million . This project aims to increase the capacity of Namazis up to 8000. Minister instructed to fast track work on the construction and perform its ground-breaking in next 30 days. It also approved position paper for construction of National Accountability Bureau Punjab complex, Lahore having cost of Rs642 million. The CDWP approved position paper for the construction of waste water channel on Saim Nallah at Mamon Kanjan Tehsile Tandlianwala, district Faisalabad with the cost of Rs 251 million.

Federal minister directed the concerned department of the government of Punjab to take on board all stakeholders and chalk out permanent solution to protect people from pollution and submit report within one month.

In industry and commerce sector, CDWP approved establishment of infrastructure in Quetta Industrial and Trading Estate (phase 2) having worth of Rs 279 million and establishment of industrial estate at Bostan (phase 1) of Rs 519 million. Ahsan Iqbal directed to officials of the ministry of Industries and Production to submit a business plan of both projects within period of one month. It also approved position paper for Peshawar Light Engineering Centre of worth Rs 265 million.

In governance sector, CDWP approved reconstruction of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) to function as a world class centre of excellence for research and post graduate teaching by improving infrastructure and building capacity with cost of Rs 349 million.