ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party on Tuesday cleared a total of seven development projects at an estimated cost of Rs36 billion including a Rs22 billion programme for child immunisation in the three provinces – Sindh , Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
The meeting of the CDWP was presided over by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and attended by representatives of the provincial governments and federal ministries concerned.
It took up a total of seven projects of Rs36bn including foreign exchange component (FEC) of Rs5.56bn. Of all, the CDWP recommended four projects worth Rs30bn to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for formal approval after clearing them on technical and financial basis. As such, it approved three projects with a cumulative estimated cost of Rs6bn.
Under the rules, CDWP can approve development projects of up to Rs3bn of estimated cost at its own and refer larger projects to Ecnec led by the federal finance minister while clearing technicalities.
The meeting prioritised health sector by taking up five health projects worth Rs22.7bn.
The projects in the immunisation series that were recommended to Ecnec for approval included Sindh Immunisation Support Programme (SISP) worth Rs8bn and an expanded programme on immunisation in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa worth Rs6.6bn with FEC of Rs1.4bn.
A Rs7.3bn project of expanded programme on immunisation of children in Balochistan with FEC of Rs2.8bn was also sent to Ecnec for approval. All the three immunisation projects aim to prevent children from nine diseases including childhood tuberculosis, poliomyelitis , diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis-B, haemophilus influenza , measles and pneumonia.
The meeting approved establishment of unit for shredding, sterilisation and disposal of medical waste of Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) Islamabad with cost of Rs199 million in principle and directed to rationalise the scope of the project.
The CDWP also approved establishment of children hospital at Bhawalpur (Phase 1) with an estimated cost of Rs519m. Under first phase, a 235-bed hospital will be established which will help reduce the current load of children per bed in the Bahwalpur division.
The meeting also cleared a Reverse Osmosis Sea Water Treatment plant for Gwadar city with an estimated cost of Rs5.071bn .The project aims to meet the future demand of 14 million gallons per day by 2020. The shortage of clean water supply is one of the key challenges of the under-construction port city.
It also cleared 7th STG (secondary transmission and grid stations) project of worth Rs8.572bn with FEC of Rs1.362bn. The project aims to provide adequate facilities for reliable and stable supply of electrical power to meet with the growing demand of domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers of GEPCO.
The CDWP also approved three position papers including extension of right bank outfall drain from Sehwan to sea (RBOD -2) with cost Rs61.9bn , Balochistan effluent disposal into RBOD of worth Rs10.8bn and lower Indus right bank irrigation and drainage project (LIRBP) stage-1 of worth Rs17.5bn.