Ecnec approves 45 projects of over Rs 500b

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ISLAMABAD - The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Thursday approved 45 projects of national importance worth of over Rs 500 billion. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) met under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.

In major projects, the ECNEC approved a project titled “Revival of Karachi circular Railway as modern Commuters System” having total cost of Rs 246.588 billion. The project envisages revival of the existing Karachi Circular Railway by proposing dualisation of 29.41 km long KCR loop and provision of 13.69 km long two dedicated tracks along Pakistan Railways UP main line for Karachi City Station of Drigh Road Station with total route length of about 43.12 km and track length of 86.24 km. for early execution of this project.

ECNEC also approved Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project (PC-I). Tarbela Dam Project is located on the Indus River 110 km from Islamabad and falls under Jurisdiction of Swabi and Haripur districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa costing Rs.83.601 billion.

ECNEC also approved the procurement/manufacture of 500 High Capacity Bogie Wagons and 40 Nos High Speed Power Vans, costing Rs 11, 998 million (Federal PSDP funded).Special Repairs of 150 Nos. Diesel Electric Locomotives, casting Rs 5,005 million (Federal PSDP funded) was also approved in the meeting. The meeting also approved the Mechanisation of Track Maintenance (Pilot Project), costing Rs 4,055 million. Similarly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Road Development Sector & Sub-Regional Connectivity Project (Provincial Component), costing Rs.12,982 million (co-funded by provincial ADP and ADB) was also approved in the ECNEC meeting.

The meeting also approved M-4/N-70 Motorway (8 km) Formerly Widening/ improvement of intervening Road between Flyovers at Double Phattak and Chowk Nag Shahat Multan, costing Rs.4.028 billion (Federal PSDP funded).Management of Hill Torrent in CRBC area (Stage-III), Dear Ghazi Khan, costing Rs.2225.735 million was approved in the meeting. The meeting also approved Procurement of Machinery for Rehabilitation of Irrigation Infrastructure, costing Rs.1,550 million. Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project (PIPIP), costing Rs.36,000.70 million (World Bank and Community/Farmers contributions in funding).

ECENC also approved Bazai Irrigation Scheme Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, costing Rs.3400.661 million. Remodeling of SMB Link Canal & Enhancing Capacity of Mailsi Syphon, costing Rs.2,571.088 million. Japanese Assisted Rural Roads Construction Project Phase-II, Sindh, costing 8,875.19 million (JBIC and Govt of Sindh funded).

The meeting also approved Naulong Dam Project, costing Rs.18.027 billion, construction of NaiGaj Dam Project, costing Rs.26.236 billion, construction of Darwat Dam Project, costing Rs.9,300 million, Chashma Right Bank Irrigation Project – Additional Works & Outstanding Liabilities costing Rs.1150 million, construction of Six Dispersal Structures on Nari River costing Rs.4.912 billion and construction of Toiwar/ Batozai Storage Dam Killa Saifullah costing Rs.4.344 billion.

The ECNEC also approved the construction of 100 Delay Action Dams in Balochistan (Package-II for construction of 26 dams) costing Rs.4.647billion, rehabilitation of Rolling Stock and Track in connection with bailout Package costing Rs.4,000 million, realignment of KKH at Barrier Lake, Attabad, Hunza and Gilgit-Baltistan (17 km new + 7 km rehabilitation) costing Rs 26.476 billion. Establishment of AJK Medical College Muzaffarabad (Phase-II) costing Rs.2702.41 million.

The meeting also approved the up-gradation of 04x66 KV grid station Dera Murad Jamali, Rojhan Jamali, Usta Mohammad and Jhal Magsi to 132 KV with allied transmission lines from 220/132 KV Dera Murad Jamali grid station costing Rs.1998.81 million the meeting also approved detail design and construction of Matiltan HPP (84 MW) District Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, costing Rs.15140.820 million.

The meeting also approved the construction of Lawi Hydro power Project (69.0 MW) District Chitral (PC-I) costing Rs.12,235.45 million, 04 MW Hydro Power Project, Thak Chilas costing Rs.1320.117 million (PSDP + ADB funded), inter-connection of Thar coal based 1200 MW ENGRO Power Plant with NTDC system, costing Rs.22305.73 million, transmission Interconnection for dispersal of power from Uch-II power Project costing Rs.2508.160 million and  Gwadar-Lasbella Livelihood Support Project costing Rs 2,998.088 million.

ECNEC also approved the National Gas Efficiency Project costing Rs.30,400 million, establishment of Programme Management Office (PMO) for Pakistan Energy Efficiency Investment Programme (PC-II) under Programme Support Project (ADB loan No.2553) costing Rs.1,697 million(PSDP + ADB funded),  revitalising and Strengthening the Health Service Delivery and Nutrition Services in Crises affected Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under Public Private Partnership costing Rs.2125.50 million.

The meeting also approved construction of Khyber Institute of Child Health & Children Hospital at Hayatabad, Peshawar (Phase-II) costing Rs.2209.296 million, improvement of Children Hospital in Karachi costing Rs.1675.952 million, municipal Services Delivery programme, Sindh costing Rs.6898.55 million, municipal Services Delivery programme costing Rs.8,733.27 million and Punjab School Libraries Project (German debt SWAP-I) costing Rs.446.926 million.

Meeting also approved Sindh Basic Education Programme (SBEP) costing Rs.14355 million, establishment of Provincial Training Centre for Mine Workers and Emergency Response Training costing Rs.1150 million, construction of Fish Landing Jetty and allied harbor facilities at Surbunder, Gwader costing Rs.1,043.400 million, Rehabilitation of Radio Pakistan medium wave transmitting network for the improvement in education, health, information and enlightenment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab Province under Japanese Grant-Aid, costing Rs.1644.145 million and Procurement /Manufacture of 50 Diesel Electric Locomotives, costing Rs. 19406 million.

ECNEC also discussed projects titled “Establishment of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College Mirpur (Phase-II)” containing cost of Rs.3176 million (both project and operational cost). After evaluating the different expect of the project, ECNEC formed a committee comprising DCPC an representative from Ministry of Finance to reconsider/re-examine the operational cost to a minimum level. ECNEC also asked government of AJK to provide a detailed report of its already completed projects. While a deliberating on a project titled “Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Road Infrastructure Damaged due to Flood/Heavy Rain 2010 in AJK”, costing Rs.1790 million, ECNEC asked the relevant sponsoring agency i-e Govt of AJ&K to find out the sources for funding the said project before seeking the approval.

In the same way, ECNEC formed a committee comprising chairman NHA, representative from government of KPK and Secretary Planning to provide inputs for identification of funding sources for the projects titled “Improvement & Widening of N-45 (141 km)”, costing Rs 8550 million.. Project titled “Rehabilitation of Track on Lahore-Lalamusa section with new signaling and telecommunication system (2012-14)” also got same treatment as described in former paragraph.

ECNEC also approved design steady of construction of Benazir Bridge across Rive Sutlej Linking Chistian with Burewala, costing Rs 1250 million. However, the cost of this project will be revised again. The project titled “Channelisation of Deg Nullah from Muridke Narowal Road to Outfall” also discussed in the meeting. Chief Secretary Punjab requested that funding requirement of this project should be arranged by Flood Commission of Pakistan. ECNEC accepted the said request of government of Punjab. While keeping in view the need for development of FATA, ECNEC also gave an anticipatory approval for Munda dam project.

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