On Thursday, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved seven major road projects worth Rs 162,607 billion, 3 hydropower projects were also approved worth Rs 410,66 billion for KP and Punjab.
These 7 road projects and 3 power projects were approved in the meeting of Ecnec, chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr. Hafeez Shaikh. He also approved in principle the Locust Emergency and Food Security Project, $200 million are expected for the locust project from the World Bank.
The road projects of 221.95 km (Shikarpur-Rajanpur section) was approved by Ecnec at the cost of Rs. 44.703 billion. This project will be completed in 3 years of time period after the sharing of some costs by the Asian Development Bank in the project. It envisages the construction of additional two-lanes and widening/rehabilitation of the existing two-lane carriageway of the Shikarpur-Rajanpur section of Indus Highway N-55.
Shikarpur-Rajanpur section’s total length is 221.950 km which will be upgraded to a four-lane dual carriageway facility with each lane 3.65m wide. The operation, execution, and maintenance of the project will be controlled by the National Highway Authority (NHA). Rs. 1 billion was allocated by the Federal Public Sector (PSDP) Development Programme for this project.
Road, hydropower projects approved by Ecnec for Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Rs33.172bn has been approved by Ecnec for the construction of the Rajanpur-DG Khan Section of N-55 as a four-lane Highway 121.50 km. Rs28.528bn will be provided by ADB and NHA will complete this project within 3 years of the time period. It starts from Rajanpur and passes through Fazilpur, Muhammad Pur Dewan, Jampur, and terminates at Dera Ghazi Khan
Rs52.276bn was approved for the rehabilitation of the DG Khan-DI Khan Section of N-55(208.19 km). Rs44.957bn will be provided by the ADB for the project that NHA is going to be complete in 3 years of the time period. It starts from DG Khan then passes through Shah Sadar Din, Kala, Shahdan Lund, Taunsa, Tibi Qasrani, Mahra, Paroa and terminates at DI Khan.
The Project of 32.2 km of the Peshawar Northern Bypass was also approved at the second revised cost of Rs21.338bn. The project construction will be of the four-lane bypass with service roads on either side, on the northern side of Peshawar city.
The total 32.2 km distance of the bypass has been divided into three packages for construction purposes. Section I includes the M-1 Intersection-Charsada Road Interchange (7.60 km in length). Section II has Charsada Road Interchange-Warsak Road Interchange (11.6 km).
Section III has been subdivided into Section 3A and 3B; Warsak Road to Nasir Bagh Road (5.50 Km), with the endpoint at Takhtabaig Khwar checkpost (7.50 Km).
The project worth Rs. 79.374bn were approved for the construction of 157 MW Madian Hydropower project, District Swat, under the World Bank assisted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hydropower and Renewable Energy Development Programme.