CDWP okays 4 projects worth Rs121.5b

ISLAMABAD – The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) Monday gave go ahead to four projects worth Rs 121.5 billion including Kharian to Rawalpindi Motorway.
At a meeting presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, CDWP approved three development projects with a cost of Rs 13b & recommended one project worth Rs 108.5b to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for further consideration.
Secretary Planning Abdul Aziz Uqaili, senior officials from Planning Commission and Federal Ministries/Divisions also participated in the meeting, while representatives from provincial governments participated through video conferences. Projects related to governance, higher education commission, mass media/CSTY, physical planning & housing, and transport & communication sectors were presented in the meeting. A project related to governance was presented in the meeting namely “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Spending Effectively for Enhanced Development (SPEED) (IDA Assisted)” worth Rs2572.500 million which was approved by the forum. A project related to higher education commission presented in the meeting namely “Upgradation of University College of Engineering & Technology Mirpur into Mirpur University of Science & Technology, Mirpur (Prime Minister of Pakistan Directive)” worth Rs. 1890.024 million was approved by the forum at its original approved cost and directions to complete by the end of the current financial year.
A project related to tourism was presented in the meeting namely “Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project (PTEGP)” worth Rs. 8525 million was approved by the forum. The scope of the project includes connectivity roads for improving access to and within the following tourism destinations and heritage sites: Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Rori Sahib, Gurdwara Sacha Sauda, Katas Raj Temples, Lahore Museum, Mankiala Stupa, Taxila Museum, Bibi Jawindi, Darbar Khawaja Ghulam Fareed, Qila Kohna Qasim Bagh, Rohtas Fort, Badshahi Mosque and Taxila Buddhist Circuit. The project will provide support for destination planning and identification of scalable investment particularly for the private sector through Destination Investment and Management Plans (DIMP), Integrated Site Management Plans (ISMP), Museum Management Plans (MMP). Other major components are tourism promotion, outreach, marketing, capacity building of relevant departments, training of ten thousand youth in tourism-related trades such as tour guide, tour operator, travel agent, interpreter, chef, cook, etc. public convenience facilities and other tourism-related infrastructure such as restrooms, tourist facilitation centers, food, health/emergency facilities, etc. The existing legal, regulatory, and institutional frameworks will also be reviewed and updated for creating enabling environment for the private sector. 
A project related to transport & communications presented in the meeting namely “Kharian to Rawalpindi Motorway” worth Rs108410.269m was recommended to ECNEC for further approval. The NHA and RDA were directed to coordinate and come up with an agreed way forward for Rawalpindi Section Interchange. The location of the project is District Gujrat, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, in Punjab, and the executing agency is NHA. This project envisages construction of 117.20km, 04 lanes access-controlled motorway from Kharian to Rawalpindi. This new Motorway facility will be an extension of the currently operational Lahore Sialkot Motorway and under construction Sialkot Kharian Motorway. The project initiates from the junction interchange near Kharian on Sialkot Kharian Motorway and terminates at T Chowk near Rawalpindi/Islamabad. The proposed Motorway traverses parallel to the N-5, passing the populous areas of Jhelum, Mangla, Dina, Sohawa, Gujar Khan, Mandra and finally terminating near Rawat at T-Chowk (Junction of Islamabad Expressway with N-5). Keeping in view the traffic volumes, the project motorway is designed as a 4-lane access controlled facility which will be expanded to 6-lane as per Level of Service (LOS) requirements. It will include an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for safer and more efficient use of the road. The design is based on NHA specifications. The alignment/route of the Motorway facility is selected keeping in purview future connectivity to other planned facilities or expansions.

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