December 29, 2020: Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting on Tuesday chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan. CDWP approved 03 projects worth Rs. 5.52 billion.
Senior officials from Planning Commission and Federal Ministries/Divisions also participated in the meeting while representatives from provincial governments participated through video conferences.
Projects related to Governance, Physical Planning & Housing, Education and Science & Technology were presented in the meeting.
A project related to the Governance section presented in the meeting for extension in the implementation period of “Young Development Fellows (2nd Revision)” worth Rs. 133.720 million approved by the CDWP. The program aims to groom talented young women and men with distinguished academic background and potential for leadership. This program will enhance the capacity of young Pakistanis in the area relevant to Planning Commission such as development, strategic planning, performance management & evaluation, project management, energy, public policy formulation, and development communications.
Two projects related to Physical Planning & Housing presented in the meeting. First project namely “Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme (K-IV) 260 MGD (Phase-1)” worth Rs. 25,551.77 million was referred to ECNEC for approval. The K-IV designed with a total capacity of 650 MGD (Million Gallons per day) to meet the demand of 18.5 million inhabitants of Karachi City. The project being executed by Gov. of Sindh was an extraordinary delay in execution were noticed. Hence Sindh Gov. was requested to change the executing agency to WAPDA. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission emphasized that there is a severe water shortage in Karachi and therefore the project needs to be carried out on a fast track and all the agencies involved are committed to fast track/ prioritizing the project.
Another project titled “Provision of Clean Drinking Water in Model Areas UC-99, 100 & 101, Lahore” worth Rs. 1655.185 million was approved in the meeting.
A project related to Education namely “Renovation/ Rehabilitation of Physical Infrastructure of 200 Educational Institutions under Prime Ministers’ Education Reform Program in ICT, Islamabad (phase-II)” worth Rs. 3737.288 million was approved by CDWP. The revised project envisaged for construction of 237 classrooms, repainting/renovation of infrastructure, repair of floors, rising of boundary wall, provision of concertina with barbed wire, construction of water tank, etc. The objective of the project is to provide a better infrastructure of public institutions, to provide a conducive and better environment, and to provide missing facilities in ICT schools.
A Concept Clearance Paper presented by Government of Punjab namely “Revamping of Water supply and Sewerage Facilities in Multan” worth Rs. 4000 million was cleared by the concept clearance committee. The sponsoring agency will be JICA and the executing agency would be WASA, MDA Multan.