The Executive Committee of the National Economic
Council (ECNEC), in its meeting in Islamabad last week approved 17 new
development projects in various sectors involving a total expenditure of
over Rs. 83 billion. Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz told newsmen after
the meeting that the project related to energy, health, industries,
physical planning and housing, rural development, transport and
communication, education and governance sectors.
The biggest project out of 17 in terms of investment
is Chashma Nuclear Power Project at Mianwali which would cost over Rs.
51 billion with gross capacity to produce 325 MW electricity. It
comprises nuclear steam supply system (NSSS), a turbine generator set
and associated auxiliary equipment, including electrical, mechanical and
civil work. The project also envisages technology transfer, with the
ultimate aim that Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) would be
self-sufficient in all aspects of designing, installation, construction
and operation of CNPP. The project would be completed in seven years.
The committee approved a proposal for addition of
third 500/220k V transformer at Rawat sub-station for upgradation of the
existing 500/220k V Rawat sub-station by adding another transformer of
450 MVA capacity along with necessary protection equipment, line bays,
etc. the project would cost Rs. 953 million.
The Ecnec approved 220k V grid station at Khuzdar,
220kV at Dadu-Khuzdar double circuit transmission line, with a total
amount of Rs. 2,901 million for construction of 300 km long, 220kV
double circuit transmission line from Dadu to Khuzdar and a 220/132 KV,
2 x 160 MVA transformers at Khuzdar Grid Station to meet the power
demand in Khuzdar area of Quetta Electric Supply Company (Qesco) and to
provide an alternative route for power supply from Dadu to Balochistan.
The project will provide Balochistan an alternative source of energy as
presently it is getting electricity only from one line.
The Ecnec approved Lowari Tunnel and access road
project at a total cost of Rs. 7,983.7 million. The scheme provides for
the construction of 8.6 km long mini electric rail tunnel under the
Lowari Pass, along with improvement of the access/approach roads
measuring 39.09 km, and establishment of portal facilities on both the
northern and southern ends of the tunnel. The project addresses
longstanding demand of the people of the area.
It also approved a plan for expansion and improvement
of telecommunication facilities in the Northern areas with a cost of Rs.
668.996 million. The project constitutes the second phase of the
programme for the extension and development of telecommunication
facilities in the Northern Areas.
The second phase provides for the installation
through expansion of 10 existing exchanges and the addition of 9,800 new
lines through the establishment of 25 new exchanges and 25 new satellite
stations, all of which will add up to 18,000 lines. Provision has also
been made for addition of five new microwave lines and expansion of the
existing 168 satellite channels.
The Ecnec also approved a project for widening and
remodeling of roads and intersections from Islamabad Airport to GOR-1
Rawalpindi with a total cost of Rs. 333 million. The scheme, which is
based on Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) study for identification
of road infrastructure development east and west of Rawalpindi city,
provides of widening and improvement of the 9.04 km long road between
government Officers Residences 1 (GOR-1) and Islamabad Airport, thereby,
improving the linkage of the southern side of Rawalpindi with Islamabad
PHYSICAL PLANNING AND HOUSING SECTOR
The Ecnec approved southern Punjab basic urban
services project at a total cost of Rs. 7,458.92 million for the
development of municipal services in 425 low-income areas, provision of
safe drinking water in seven towns, construction of 19 waste water
treatment plants, relocation and construction of slaughter houses in 10
towns, incremental land development pilot project at Mian Channu and
development of municipal management system in 21 town municipal
administrations (TMAs). The project will benefit 311,741 people living
in 22, 971 households.
It also approved NWFP urban development Project (NUDP)
— revised PC-1 at a revised cost of Rs. 1,921.216 million for
construction of 48 infrastructure sub-projects of water supply,
sanitation, streets and roads, public health information, hygienic
education and community participation, for proper use of the project
facilities, besides increase partnership among the communities and local
governments; capacity building of tehsil municipal administrations and
update base-maps of 24 towns for preparation of structure plans to guide
future urban development.
The Ecnec also approved balancing and modernization
of workshop facilities at Pakistan Industrial Technical Assistance
Centre (Pitac), Lahore at a cost of Rs. 454.118 million for the transfer
of plastic mould making technology through the supply of latest
machinery and equipment.
It approved upgradation of training functions of
plastics technology centre, Karachi at a cot of Rs. 455 million to
provide technological back-up support to the industries, particularly
small and medium enterprises, dissemination of latest technology
know-how and advance technology to the plastic industry, provide
training to the engineers, managers, supervisors, technicians and
workers to improve their capabilities/skills for better performance, and
to provide testing services for quality control and production
The Ecnec approved a major project for enhancement of
training capabilities of Construction Machinery Training Institute (CMIT),
Islamabad, (Phase-III) with cost of Rs. 433.485 million for enhancement
of the training capabilities.