CDWP approves four projects worth Rs12.25bn

ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Wednesday approved four projects worth Rs12.25 billion and recommended two projects worth Rs33.48 billion to Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for consideration.

The meeting of CDWP, presided by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, also allowed the extension in re-tendering of one project worth Rs12.1 billion.

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Projects related to energy, social welfare and water resources were presented during the meeting.

The first energy-related project, “Social Development of Harpo Valley & Strengthening of WPO GB under Accompanying Measures of 34.5MW HPP Harpo”, worth Rs255 million, was approved on the occasion. The main objective of the project includes the procurement of machinery and tools for the hydroelectric workshop at Skardu, community development work in the Harpo Valley, up-gradation of dispensary and girls middle school etc.

Meanwhile, the forum allowed an extension in re-tendering of an energy project titled “20MW Hydropower Project Hanzel Gilgit”, worth Rs12,109.59 million. The project focuses on the construction of Hanzel Hydropower project (10MW) along Gilgit River, a right-bank tributary of Indus River, to transmit energy to Gilgit town and surrounding areas through a 132kV transmission line to meet power and energy requirements of the Gilgit District.

The third project related to energy titled “Construction of 132kV grid station at Kanmehtarzai and 132kV feed for Kanmehtarzai in & out from existing 132kV D/C Muslim Bagh-Khanozai Transmission Line”, worth Rs263.46 million, was also approved in the meeting.

Moreover, the CDWP gave a go ahead to a project related to social welfare, “Women’s Income Growth and Self- Reliance”, worth Rs7,140 million. The objective of the project is to establish a sustainable government-led system to be established for the transition of extremely poor women from social protection to sustainable livelihood.

Three projects related to water resources were presented during the meeting. The first two projects, “Basol Dam Project”, worth Rs18,679.89 million, and “Balochistan Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Project”, worth Rs14,747.74 million, were referred to ECNEC for approval.

The Third project, “Indus 21 Water Sector Building and Advisory Services project (WCAP)”, worth Rs4,593.97 million was also approved by CDWP.

The forum also considered two position papers namely “Gridlines Regarding Project Appraisal Document-PAD” and “Inclusion of Disability Friendly Checklist in PC-1”. Similarly, the forum approved two concept clearance proposals titled “Construction of retaining wall along downstream right marginal bund from mile 0/0+200 to 1/5 Guddo Barrage, retaining wall along Gaj Diversion Bud in Johi Diversion at Dadu” and “Punjab Resource Improvement and Digital Effectiveness Programme.”

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