Our Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD - The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC), that met on Friday with Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, in chair, approved seven projects worth Rs 86.3 billion. The projects that were brought under discussion on Friday were already put in the last meeting of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and were duly recommended by the same to the ECNEC for consideration and approval. The Economic Council also deliberated at length over the Islamabad Safe City Project, which was already approved lastly. In its summary to ECNEC the Ministry of Interior had requested for waiver of ECNEC restriction, which had directed that activation of the project would be subject to the outcome of the litigation that is being heard in the Supreme Court. The meeting also decided to request the Supreme Court to expedite the hearing and give early decision in this regard so that the fate of the project might be finalised in the light of the SCs decision. The meeting was also of the view that the operationalisation of the project was subject to the decision of the Supreme Court, and directed the Ministry of Interior to keep the loan active with the Chinese Exim Bank for this project. While deliberating the project Master Leading to PhD Scholarship Programme (Indigenous and Overseas) for students of Balochistan (an initiative of the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package), the meeting observed that many issues were not clear. In this regard the Finance Minister constituted a committee comprising Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Prime Ministers Adviser on Agriculture, Representatives of Balochistan Government, Secretary Interior and representatives of HEC. The committee shall meet next week. It may be mentioned here that the project is focused towards providing opportunities to underprivileged candidates of Balochistan, an opportunity for higher education. The meeting approved several projects including 26MW Shagarthang Hydropower Project, District Skardu (Revised) (ADB Funding) costing Rs 4843.726 million, establishment of 48 MW Jagran-II Hydro Electric Power Station (Phase-2), District Neelum in AJ&K (Revised PC-1) (French Loan) costing Rs 6,509.700 million and 220 KV Grid Station at Lalian, at Chiniot, Punjab (ADB-MTFF) (Multi Tranche Financing Facility) costing Rs 1581.47 million. The meeting had also approved master leading to PhD Scholarship Programme (Indigenous and Overseas) for students of Balochistan (An initiative of the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package)-HEC at a cost of Rs .3138.692 million, and Lowari Tunnel and Access Roads Project Modified as a road tunnel costing Rs 18,132.544 million. The meeting had also approved Doubling of Track from Lodhran to Khanewal via Multan Cantt (Revised) costing Rs .3, 678.500 million and Population Welfare Programme 2010-15 (Federal Activity Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir) at a cost of Rs 48571.140 million.