The biggest project out of 17 in terms of investment is Chashma Nuclear Power Project


Aug 02 - 08, 2004





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 Airport.


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 development, etc.

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.