ISLAMABAD - Central Development Working Party (CDWP) Wednesday approved development projects worth Rs 218.219 billion, and referred seven projects of Rs.203.483 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council.

CDWP meeting, chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms Ahsan Iqbal, approved and recommended to ECNEC the energy, water resource, transport & communication, physical planning & housing, higher education, education governance, planning, development & reform sectors projects. The meeting was attended by senior federal and provincial government officials.

In transport & communication sector, CDWP approved and recommended construction of motorway from Hakla/Burhan on M-1 to DI Khan at the cost of Rs129.781 billion, as part of western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Ahsan Iqbal said that this portion of western route is being built as per the decisions of All Parties Conference held in May last year and also approved and recommended land acquisition affected properties compensation and relocation of utilities for construction of motorway from Halka on M-1 to DIKhan at the cost of Rs13.616 billion.

CDWP also approved & recommended installation of ship lift and transfer system and associated machinery& equipment to provide docking & provide facilities to surface shops, submarines and commercial vessels up to dead weight 7.781 tons net lifting capacity at the cost of Rs.9.819 billion.

It also approved and recommended bridge across the River Indus connecting Larkana and Khairpur districts, approach road and river training works at the cost of Rs.13.796 billion.

The Central Development Working Party approved Musa Khail Tounsa Road (35KM) stretch to be constructed and linked with Zhob at the cost of Rs2.991 billion. CDWP also gave approval to feasibility study for construction of breakwater at the eastern end of Jabel-e-Nuh at the cost of Rs300 million. It also approved development schemes in district Tor Ghar at the cost of Rs.319.461 million and development of schemes in district Mansehra at the cost of Rs.925.737 million.

In higher education, CDWP approved strengthening of research & academic facilities at Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) Nilor Islamabad at the cost of Rs.1.541 billion with FEC of Rs633 million and also approved strengthening of academic & research programmes at Bahria University, Islamabad/Karachi at the cost of Rs1.528 billion with Rs237 million FEC. It also approved upgradation and strengthening of essential facilities at Sukhur IBA at the cost of Rs.913.155 million with Rs.64 million FEC.

In education sector, CDWP approved establishment of Smart School project, which is part of Vision-2025 at the cost of Rs.238 million and upgradation of ICT High Schools at the cost of Rs.465.268 million. Ahsan Iqbal directed the authorities concerned to make Smart School project a flagship project and also develop the education system in Islamabad on the lines that it would be model for whole the country.

In energy sector, CDWP approved and recommended to ECNEC Golan Gol Hydropower Project with a total cost of Rs 28.402 billion. The project has Rs 10.047 billion FEC. It also approved and recommended to ECNEC 500 Kv Islamabad West project at the cost of Rs 3.621 billion.

CDWP also approved and recommended to ECNEC 30.4 MW Jagran-I Hydro Power Project at the cost of Rs. 4.646 billion with a FEC of Rs.2.392 billion.

In water resource sector, CDWP approved Raghagan Small Dam Bajur Agency (Phase-II) at the cost of Rs423.983 million. CDWP also approved construction of Bada Dam project in Swabi in KP at the cost of Rs.1.180 billion and construction of small dams in Khaliqabad District Balochistan at the cost of Rs. 300 million.

In physical planning & housing sector, CDWP approved construction of judicial and administration complex in Mauve Area G10/1 Islamabad at the cost of Rs.708.530 million.

In governance sector, CDWP approved support project for sustainable development goals implementation at the cost of Rs 600 million. It also approved upgradation of Jawad Azfar Computer Center at Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms at the cost of Rs.386.320 million.

In planning, development and reforms sector, CDWP approved Cluster Development Based Industrial Transformation Plan-Vision2025 at the cost of Rs.1 billion and also approved Cluster Development Based Mineral Sector Transformation Plan-Vision2025 at the cost of Rs 500 million. CDWP approved establishment of Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, Islamabad at the cost of Rs.128.40 million.

It approved PPMI Center of Excellence at the cost of Rs100 million and also approved establishment of Urban Planning & Policy Center at the cost of Rs1500 million. CDWP also approved concept clearance paper of Solar Power Park at F-9 Park Islamabad.