December 07, 2022 (MLN): The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved various development projects related to reconstruction and rehabilitation in flood-affected areas of Pakistan, a press release issued by finance division showed.
The ECNEC meeting was chaired by Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar and attended by many senior officers.
During the meeting, ECNEC approved several flood emergency assistance projects which are,
- ECNEC approved rehabilitation and reconstruction of N-5 from Moro to Ranipur Km 318 – 404 (NBC/SBC) and 32x damaged bridges under ADB Flood Emergency Loan (FEC), at the total cost of Rs36.21 billion ($164.59 million), with 90% FEC shares of Rs32.5bn and 10% GoP share amounting to Rs3.6bn. The road consists of a flood-damaged section of the National Highway (N-5) from Ranipur to Moro. The bridge component consists of bridges on National Highway Network in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Balochistan.
- The committee has approved Emergency Flood Assistance Project (EFAP) on-farm water management component, at a total cost of Rs3.83mn ($17.4mn), with FEC of Rs3.3bn ($15mn), to be funded by the Government of Balochistan (GoB) and ADB’s loan. The project will be implemented in flood-affected districts of Balochistan and envisages the restoration of flood-damaged on-farm water management infrastructure for the revival of agriculture production in the severely flood-affected districts of the province.
- Sindh Flood Emergency Rehabilitation Project (SFERP) (irrigation component), at a total cost of Rs48.33mn, to be fully funded by the World Bank. The project is related to the issues of water conservation, protection of infrastructure from floods and institutional reforms in various districts of Sindh province.
- Sindh Flood Emergency Rehabilitation Programme (SFERP) infrastructure, livelihoods (rescue 1122 component) with a total cost of Rs66bn with FEC Rs59.40bn ($30mn) for restoration of roads, water supplies, rehabilitation of damaged drainage system, improvement of food security and sustainable livelihood and strengthening of institutional residence in various districts of Sindh province.
- Emergency Flood Assistance Project, reconstruction and rehabilitation of irrigation, drainage system, and flood protection work in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at a total cost of Rs15bn ($68.2mn), with FEC of Rs13.20bn ($60mn), to be funded by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (GoKp) and ADB’s loan. The project is designed to rehabilitate the irrigation and flood protection system and put it back into operation for restoring agricultural productivity and protecting lives, infrastructure, and properties in the flood-affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- Emergency Flood Assistance Project, reconstruction and rehabilitation of flood-affected irrigation infrastructure at Balochistan, at the total cost of Rs12.5bn ($56.8mn), with FEC of Rs11bn ($50mn), to be funded by the GoB and ADB’s loan. The project envisages the restoration of damaged irrigation infrastructure damaged due to recent floods in various districts of Balochistan province.
- Sindh Water and Agriculture Transformation (SWAT) project located in over twenty-three districts of Sindh at a total cost of Rs70.45bn. The project envisages creating water and agriculture nexus, increasing agriculture water productivity, rationalizing water requirement by encouraging water-thrifty crops, supporting the farming community for crops after flood devastation, boost up rural economy. Besides, it will push start the devastating agriculture sector after the deluge of 2022 monsoons.
Furthermore, the ECNEC approved project for the construction of the Authmuqam- Sharda-Kel-Taobat Road section (109.2km) including two tunnels at Kahori/Kamser and Challpani section of Neelum Valley road, Azad Jammu & Kashmir.at cost of Rs90.1bn, to be funded through the Saudi Development Fund (SDF) and a local share of Rs1.12bn to be provided through PSDP. NHA will execute the tunnel scope on a deposit work basis and hand it over to govt of AJ&K after completion.
The ECNEC also approved the Improving Workforce Readiness in Punjab project at a total cost of Rs23.98bn, including the Government of Punjab’s share of Rs2.08bn and ADB’s share of Rs21.89bn. The project will be executed across Punjab. The improving workforce readiness in Punjab project will help the TVET system to produce skilled workers, thereby, supporting economic growth and job creation in priority economic sectors.
The project will finance the establishment of 20 centers of excellence (COEs) in existing TEVTA & PVTC institutes that will deliver high-quality and relevant TVET by offering competency-based National Vocational Qualifications Framework programs and DAEs in the eight priority economic sectors. The project will also strengthen the TVET sector institutional framework in Punjab.
The committee has approved a project on Strengthening the Social Protection Delivery System in Sindh (SSPD) at a total cost of Rs48.3Bn with IDA share of Rs42Bn and government of Sindh share of Rs6.3bn. The project will be located in predominantly rural districts with the highest MPI scores (poorest) to strengthen the Sindh Social protection service delivery systems and Mother and Child support programme (MCSP).
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