Islamabad, May 19, 2015 (PPI-OT): CDWP Meeting recommended five projects worth Rs. 51.3 billion to ECNEC and approved two projects worth Rs. 3 billion under the chair of Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal in the Planning Commission today. Seven projects were discussed in the meeting. The Minister said, “PSDP adheres to the principle of shared prosperity and the development of Baluchistan and other least developed areas of Pakistan is the priority of our economic agenda”.
“The disaster management should be brought at district level with specific studies and action on prompt prevention of damage to avoid panic in the crisis. Instead of creating independent islands of development activities, we should integrate the existing knowledge at institutional level to avoid repetition and wastage of resources. Academia should be engaged in projects of technical and scientific nature to ensure sustainability”, he directed the concerned project execution agency.
The detail of the recommended projects is as under:
The Construction of Basool Dam will create a reservoir with storage capacity of 46.04 mcm (37,325ac-ft) at normal reservoir level of 68.0 m. The project site is located at 54 km in the North West of Ormara Town, Gawadar District of Balochistan. It will benefit Ormara Town Naval Base and about nine villages located on either side of the Basool River.
The dam will provide irrigation water to an area of 4,712 ha (11,638 acres) of land through efficient pipeline conveyance system. The cost of project is Rs.8865 million to be financed by the Federal Government through PSDP. The allocation in current fiscal year 2014-15 Rs. 50 million and it will be completed in three years.
The Construction of Shadi Kaur Storage Dam and Appurtenant Works will provide 70.28 cusecs of water to irrigate 7,600 acres of agriculture land. The project will not only provide drinking water to 15,000 people of Pasni and surrounding areas but will also mitigate flood losses. The dam site is located 50 km north of Pasni town in district Gawadar of Balochistan.
The total cost of the project is Rs. 7,930 million as per revised PC-1 which got approved by ECNEC in 2008 at the cost of Rs. 2638 million and will be financed by both the federal government and provincial government. The PSDP allocation of Rs. 2000 million was made in current financial year 2014-15 for the project which is 90% complete so far. The project was to be completed by June 2015, but the law and order situation and inclusion of additional works and price escalation have extended the time of completion.
The Disaster and Climate Resilience Improvement Project in Punjab will initiate capacity building and training programs for the professional engineers and scale up irrigation research institute through physical models and introduction of modern instruments and simulation software.
It will restrict the flood flows and path of river waterway within river boundaries and upgrade irrigated land and existing infrastructure in the riverine area. As a whole, the project will contribute to the economic and social recovery of flood affected areas through restoration and reconstruction of critical infrastructure. The total cost of the project is Rs. 10,240 million which will be 100% credit financing of World Bank. It will be completed in four years.
The Flood Emergency Reconstruction and Resilience Project will rehabilitate and reconstruct the flood damaged roads and bridges in Punjab. The project will not only mitigate the environmental degradation but will also upgrade flood protection structures to prevent future disasters. It will improve the capacity of Punjab province in disaster management. The total cost of project is Rs. 17690 million which will be completed in three years. The share of Punjab government is Rs. 1769 million will 15921 will be the loan money of ADB.
The Flood Emergency Reconstruction and Resilience Project in AJK envisages rehabilitation of 234km length of damaged roads due to floods of 2014 in various districts. The total cost of the projects is Rs. 6641 million which will be financed by federal government and ADB.
The detail of approved projects is as under:
The Disaster and Climate Resilience Improvement Project has been conceived to build capacity of Azad state of Jammu and Kashmir in disaster and climate change prevention. The project will enhance efficiency of the planning and development department of AJ and K on judicious and equitable emergency response. The cost of project is Rs. 2500 million which will be financed by the World Bank through loan money and completed in three years.
The Construction/Black Topping of Access Road from Makran Coastal Highway to New International Airport at Gawadar envisages construction of three stretches of roads each 7 m wide dual carriageway totalling 2.91 km along with allied structures and facilities to provide access to New Gawadar International Airport from Makran Coastal Highway. The total cost of the project is Rs. 503 million to be financed by the federal government through PSDP. The project will be completed in 18 months.
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