Rs. 54 bn projects sanctioned
Need to create ownership of development projects at
the provincial and local levels
From Shamim Ahmed
Sep 10 - 16, 2001
The Executive committee of the National Economic
Council (ECNEC) in its meeting held in Islamabad on Friday last week
sanctioned an unusually high development outlay of over Rs. 54
billion. This is highest ever sanctioned in one sitting. The ECNEC
approved 12 medium size development projects related to drought and
water management, Agriculture, Education and Communication sectors.
The Finance Minister, Shaukat Aziz, while presiding
over the meeting, emphasised the need to create ownership of
development projects at the provincial and local levels. There was
need to unbundle development projects by the provinces rather than
having large umbrella projects so that development activities are more
reflective of provincial and local needs, he added.
The minister said that the President has launched
several development projects across the country to meet the needs of
agriculture, water management and poverty reduction. The projects are
crucial to help improve agriculture and develop infrastructure
including transportation and roads. These medium size development
projects have been carefully evaluated by the Planning Commission.
The ECNEC approved the following projects:
ADB assisted farm to market roads projects Phase II
The project is sponsored by the Ministry of
Environment Local Government and Rural Development in 20 selected
Districts of the four Provinces. The cost of project is Rs. 4,703.925
Upgradation and strengthening of the Quaid-e-Azam
The cost of the project will be Rs. 625.783
million; 279 new jobs will be created from Lecturer to Professor (BPS
17 to 20) 63 Teaching/Research Assistants, who will be engaged in
Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes will also be hired. Different departments
of the university will be upgraded and their research facilities
Establishment of Karakurum University At Gilgit
(Northern Areas) Phase I.
The cost of project is Rs. 400.827 million; 59 new
posts (BPS-17 to 22) teaching/non teaching will be created; 245 new
posts will be for grades 5-16, while 142 posts of grade 1-2. Project
will lead to enhance access to higher education and research.
Initially, 50 students each will be admitted to three new departments,
Business Administration, Computer Science and Food Processing
Technology. The university will also serve as examining body at Matric,
Intermediate, Graduate and Post graduate levels.
South FATA Development Project:
The cost of the project is Rs. 1,136.668 million.
The project aims at to alleviate poverty and improve the household
food security of the target groups of South FATA, in a sustainable
manner through improving agricultural production and creating income
generation opportunities through improvements in (i) Community and
Women Development (ii). Agricultural and Livestock Development (iii).
Irrigation Development (iv). Improve Feeder Road Access (v). Rural
N.W.F.P. Barani Area Development Project (Phase II)
The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 6069.30
million including Rs 4,093.80 million loan provided by Asian
Development Bank and International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD).
The project is a multisectoral area development project aims to reduce
poverty in remote areas of NWFP, particularly among small land holders
and landless people.
Development and Upgradation of Services of Pakistan
Model Village Humak, Islamabad.
The cost of the project is Rs. 349,222 million. The
project is sponsored by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) which
is also responsible for its implementation. The CDA aims to provide
2969 residential plots in Model Village, Humak (MVI) over an area of
331.65 acres. Infrastructure, including roads/ paths, house to house
water supply, sanitary sewer system and sewage treatment plant, storm
drainage network, overhead, electrification, street lighting,
landscaping and sui gas are being developed on the pattern of regular
sectors of Islamabad.
Extension of RBOD From Sehwan To Sea.
The project is located in Dadu and Thatta district
of Sindh province and will cost Rs. 14,000 million. The objective of
the project is the disposal of saline effluent of RBOD Stage I, in an
environmentally safe manner from Sehwan to sea near Gharo Creek to
avoid the risk of damage to an area of 3 million acres of Kotri
Barrage and risk of contamination of drinking water to population of
15 million people.
Gomal Zam Multipurpose Project.
This project will cost Rs. 12,829 million and aims
at providing irrigation water supplier to 1,63,086 acres of culturable
command area (30,888 acres with perennial supplies and 1,32,198 acres
with flood water supplied), generating 17.4 MW of electricity and
mitigating flood damages in areas downstream of the proposed dam.
Raising Mangla Dam By 40 ft Phase II
The PC II "Raising Mangla Dam by 40 ft Phase
II Detailed Engineering and tender documents" will be costing Rs.
462,441 million with foreign exchange component of Rs. 90,001 million.
The project site is located on River Jhelum about 60 miles south east
of Islamabad near Mirpur district of AJ&K. On the instruction of
Government of Pakistan WAPDA initiated technical study and examination
of raising of the Mangla Dam by 40 ft. The study was planned to be
carried out in two (2) phases. In phase I, it was envisaged to
establish the feasibility of the dam raising.
Feasibility study, carried out in Phase I, by the
consultants has shown that raising of Mangla Dam is technically
feasible and economically attractive.
ADB Assisted Middle School Project for Balochistan,
N.W.F.P. and Sindh.
The project will cost Rs. 2567.925 million with ADB
loan of Rs. 1991.954 million. The project envisages expansion and
improvement of elementary/ middle level education facilities with
emphasis on promotion of girls education, by upgrading 619 existing
primary schools to middle level and stipends to 52,930 female
Procurement of 65 Diesel Electric Locomotives.
The project will cost Rs. 11.151 billion including
a foreign exchange component of Rs. 7.454 billion. The project is a
part of the Rehabilitation Plan of Pakistan Railways. The project
envisaging procurement of 69 D.E. locomotives(44.Nos. of 3000-3500 H.P.
and 25 Nos. of 2000-2005 H.P. locomotives. The project is included in
the Ten years Perspective Development Plan.
Rehabilitation of 240 Passenger Coaches.
The project has been sponsored by the Ministry of
Communications and Railways at a cost of Rs. 558.55 million, all in
local component. Pakistan Railways own a fleet of 1358 Passenger
Coaches of which 800 are ineffective. Out of this ineffective lot, 500
coaches are capable of being re-used after rehabilitation. The project
envisages rehabilitation of 240 passenger coaches out of these.
Rehabilitation of the proposed coach would improve the number of
coaches in service thereby reducing incidents of disruption in trains
operation and problems to the travelling public. The level of service
for the passengers in terms of comfort and safety would be improved.
The meeting was also attended by Ministers of
Education, Food and Agriculture, Adviser to Chief Executive on
Agriculture, Deputy Chief Executive, Northern Areas, Deputy Chairman,
Planning Ministers, Provincial Chief Secretaries and other senior
federal and provincial officers.