The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has cleared 19 mega development project having an estimated cost of Rs 142.3 billion.
The meeting was headed by Planning Secretary Zafar Ali Shah, which approved 13 projects worth Rs 34.83 billion and proposed another six amounting to Rs 107.505 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for approval.
The six projects recommended to ECNEC included:
- Construction of ‘Muzaffarabad-Mansehra Road’ worth Rs 44.72 billion
- Construction of road connecting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir worth Rs 16.32 billion
- Setting up of Mini Sports Complexes in 250 districts costing Rs 12,000.00 million at a cost of Rs 12 billion
- Constructing and Upgrading 250 Vocational Training Institutes all over Pakistan worth Rs 12.61 billion
- Building New Bridge with Approach Roads between Sukkur-Rohri over Indus River amounting to Rs 10.28 billion
- Building Sharda-Noori Top-Jalkhad SNJ Road (50.352km) costing Rs 16.32 billion
Moreover, the CDWP also suggested for approval of another road project worth Rs 11.58 billion for compensation of the Rajanpur-D.G. Khan section as the four-lane highway and dualization, rehabilitation of D.G. Khan- D.I. Khan of N-55.
The meeting also gave a nod to the construction of the second circuit stringing of 132KV transmission line from Jiwani to Gwadar costing a Rs 2.323 billion.
The Muzaffarabad-Mansehra Road project envisages construction of a 26.6 km road, connecting Mansehra in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the establishment of the University of North Waziristan, a tribal district, costing Rs 2 billion was also approved.
The CDWP also gave a go-ahead to the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) suggestion of establishing a Knowledge Park in Islamabad and a ‘Network of Digital Libraries Capitals’ project amounting Rs 6.9 billion.
The board also reflected on the feasibility study for the metro bus route in Quetta.