The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved four development projects worth Rs8.7 billion and recommended one project costing Rs17 billion to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) for further consideration.

The 30MW hydropower project at Ghowari District Ghanche Gilgit-Baltistan worth Rs16.39 billion was referred to Ecnec for further approval. The generated energy of this project will be transmitted to the load centres of Ghanche district and adjacent area of Skardu by laying five km long, 66 kV transmission lines.

A project of physical planning & housing presented in the meeting namely; Development of Ziarat Town, worth Rs1,200 million was approved in the meeting. The project focused on infrastructure development including widening and improvement of existing town roads, regeneration of the old town and provision of missing tourism infrastructure and socio-economic uplift of Ziariat Town.

Three projects related to science & technology worth Rs7.4 billion were also approved in the meeting. The first project was Fulbright Scholarship Support Program HEC-USAID (Phase-III) worth Rs4,059.195 million, the second project presented was Enhancement of Academic Facilities at NED University of Engineering & Technology worth Rs1,537.345 million and the third approved project title was Establishment of Pak- Korea Nutrition Centre to improve Child and community Nutrition worth Rs1,813.563 million.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2021.

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