Ecnec approves Rs448bn development projects


ISLAMABAD: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Monday embraced four improvement projects, for the most part in Punjab region, including a normal cost of Rs448.36bn.

Three of the four undertakings worth Rs322bn to be executed in Punjab.

The social affair of the Ecnec, oversaw by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, furthermore embraced the changed Greater Karachi Water Supply Project (K-IV) to a detriment of Rs126.404bn.

Orchestrating Minister Asad Umer, Industries and Production Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Adviser to the PM on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Jehanzeb Khan, managerial secretaries and other senior authorities from administrative and ordinary lawmaking bodies participated in the get-together.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) had adequately cleared these exercises on specific grounds and recommended to Ecnec their customary underwriting.

Under the current money related powers, the CDWP would itself have the option to underwrite projects costing something like Rs10bn while assignments of higher surveyed costs are upheld by Ecnec once the CDWP clears them on specific grounds.

The Ecnec upheld Punjab Arterial Roads Improvement Program (PARIP) at a flat out surveyed cost of Rs129.944bn.

The errand, upheld by the Punjab government, pictures the advancement of 535-km of twofold carriageway expressway portions between various metropolitan networks in Punjab.

The PARIP is to be spread over Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Layyah, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Vehari, Okara, Pakpattan and Sahiwal in Punjab.

The executing association of the endeavor is Planning and Development Board, Punjab.

About Rs14.164bn financing for the undertaking would be set up by the Punjab government. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) would give Rs64.972bn while Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) would back the extra piece of Rs50.808bn.

The errand incorporates advancement of 535-km part of a twofold carriageway highway between various metropolitan regions in Punjab.

The errand would incorporate recuperation of existing carriageway similarly as new advancement of a second carriageway inside the ‘Choice to continue’ open and acquired where required. It is expected to additionally foster the transportation structure through update and dualisation of the interstate association.

The degree of works fuses the improvement of frameworks, conduits, holding dividers, squander works, roadside workplaces, and bound together works.

The get-together moreover prohibitively supported Punjab Rural Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Project (PRSWSSP) amounting to Rs96.202bn ($553 million) to be executed by Punjab Rural Municipal Services Company in 16 tehsils of for the most part southern Punjab with headings to reduce its execution time and complete it at first as pilot project in some tehsils and present its report to Ecnec for extra idea.

The endeavor has been expected to give major local area comforts, for instance, water supply, disinfection and solid waste organization in country areas of picked tehsils of Punjab.

The World Bank has at this point embraced $442 million financing to exercises to be generally executed in southern area of Punjab and moving feeble common organizations in Punjab through better water supply and disinfection system organizations.

The undertaking centers around commonplace settlements, where water debasement and defenseless sterilization practices are more normal, causing huge levels of affliction and child impeding.

The World Bank guesses that the errand should help more than 6,000,000 common tenants in the most sad area of Punjab to diminish kid upsetting and address districts at high risk to dry seasons and water lack.

Ecnec in like manner supported Kharian-Rawalpindi Motorway undertaking to be executed on structure work move (BOT) premise under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode at a total cost of Rs95.81bn.

The endeavor imagines advancement of 4-way access-controlled 117.20-km long motorway from Kharian to Rawalpindi.

Ecnec in like manner upheld Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme K-IV, 260 MGD Phase – I at a changed cost of Rs126.405bn.

From the get go, the endeavor was supported with novel constraint of 260 MGD in 2014 to be executed by Karachi Water and Sewerage Board and the public power of Sindh.

A short time later, the errand was redesignd and associated with Karachi Transportation Plan (KTP) with the comparable 260 MGD limit yet change of supporting and executing associations from Government of Sindh to the Ministry of Water Resources and WAPDA in 2021.

The endeavor plans to satisfy creating water need of Karachi and give dependable and viable water transmission system from its more than 100-km away wellspring of Keenjhar Lake to deal with Karachi water supply and allotment association.

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