ISLAMABAD  - After a gap of almost half a century the construction of mega water reservoir Bhasha Dam has passed a major threshold on Monday as Central Development Working Party (CDWP) referred the phase-I of the project with an estimated cost of Rs649 billion for the approval of Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC).

The CDWP meeting was held under the chairmanship of Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz, approved 34 projects worth Rs365.492 billion and referred five projects, including 800 MW Mohmand Hydro Power project to the ECNEC for further proceeding.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Planning, Shoaib Ahmed Siddique, senior officials from federal and provincial governments.

The government has decided to divide the dam into two parts — the reservoir and the powerhouse. The total cost of the project is around Rs1300 billion and the phase-1 , related to the construction of reservoir, will cost Rs649 billion. The project will be completed in 108 months and the cost will be funded by federal grant ( 67percent), Wapda (18 percent), and commercial financing (25 percent), said the official documents available with The Nation.

The projects presented for approval include energy, transport & communications, physical planning & housing, science & technology, information and technology, food and agriculture, industries & commerce, health and mass media.

In energy sector, project titled “Implementation of integrated solution to improve productivity and control in NTDC by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system” of worth Rs2919.12million was approved by CDWP.

Three projects were presented out of which one project was approved and two, including Mohmand Hydropower project were referred to ECNEC for further approval.

In transport & communications section, CDWP approved two projects and one project was referred to ECNEC.

The CDWP approved projects include Airport Security Force accommodation at New Islamabad Airport and widening of Spera Ragha Road from Khanozai Cross to Loralai and Killa Saifullah.

In water section three projects were presented out of which two were approved by CDWP and one of Diamer Basha Dam was referred to ECNEC for approval. Project titled “ Construction of J-Head Spur at RD 20000 & Guide Head Spur at RD 25000 Maggasson Branch, Muzaffarabad” of worth Rs513.339million and “Monitoring the Seawater intrusion along Sindh and Balochistan” of worth Rs650.056million.

In Physical Planning & Housing section, six projects and two position papers were presented out of which four projects were approved by CDWP and two were deferred. The approved projects are titled “Construction of 05 (for 100 men each) police barracks near K block in Islamabad”, “Construction of admin block quarters, guard, barracks and horse stable and parade ground in Diplomatic Enclave Islamabad”, “ Land acquisition and site development for PIDE for constructing new campus” and “ Construction of judicial and admin complex in Islamabad”.

The total cost of the approved projects is Rs4734.599million. In Science and Technology section, 11 projects were presented out of which 9 projects were approved by CDWP.

The total worth of these projects is Rs12177.542million. The approved projects include “Uplifting of academic and infrastructure facilities at Hazara University”, ”Establishment of engineering faculty at Karakorum International University”, “Pak-Sri Lanka Higher Education Programme”, “International Law Graduate Scholarship for Balochistan”, “Prime minister electric wheel chair scheme for university students” and establishment of technical training centre for precession mechanics and instrument technology.

In education sector, two projects were presented and approved. The total cost of these projects is Rs3487.817 million. The approved projects are titled “provision of quality education to the students of Balochistan in FATA” and construction of primary section at GDA school in Gwadar.

In health sector, three projects were presented, out of which two projects of worth Rs820.890million were approved.

The projects are titled “Up Gradation of health facilities as CGH RWP by making all departments functional” and “purchase of electro medical equipment for newly constructed 200 bed hospital for Pakistan Rangers Punjab”.

In mass media section, three projects of worth Rs639.135 million were approved by the CDWP.

The approved projects are titled “Construction of boxing gymnasium at Karachi” , “ Construction of gymnasium at Quetta” , “ Modernization of camera and production equipment of PTV”.

In Information Technology section, two projects of worth Rs1418.006million were presented and approved by the CDWP.

The approved projects are titled “National Response Centre for Cyber Crime (Phase 3)”, “Establishment of Land Revenue Records Management Information System in rural area of Islamabad.

In industries and commerce section, four projects were of worth Rs5786.444million were approved by the CDWP. The projects are titled “Expo Centre Islamabad (Phase 1)”, “ Expo Centre Quetta (Phase 1)”, “CPEC Industrial Cooperation Development Project”.