ISLAMABAD - The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has deferred the approval of the project related to provision of security to the Chinese working on the proposed Up-gradation of Pakistan Railways Mainline-1 (ML-1), while it has approved Torkham Jalalabad Road 2nd Carriageway.

The CDWP, which met under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr Mohammad Jahanzeb Khan, considered seven projects and cleared three of them worth Rs15.7804b. The forum accorded approval to two projects while one project was recommended to the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval.

The meeting was attended by Additional Secretary, PD&SI, Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, Secretary Ministry of Communication, Secretary Ministry of Industries, Chairman National Highway Authority, NHA, members Planning Commission and other key stakeholders. The project of Railway Ministry costing approximately Rs 36b, for the provision of security to the Chinese working on the proposed Up-gradation of Pakistan Railways Mainline-1 (ML-1), was deferred and the sponsor was asked to rationalise the cost after consultation with the Chinese side.

The forum considered and cleared Torkham Jalalabad Road 2nd Carriageway, Afghanistan project at the cost of Rs 10,587.818m, establishment of 132KV Grid Station at Bin Qasim Industrial Park, Karachi at the cost of Rs 3601.304m, and upgradation of mechanical system for sewerage & drainage services in Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), Multan at the cost of Rs 1,591.280m.

Torkham Jalalabad Road 2nd Carriageway, Afghanistan project was recommended at revised cost of Rs 10587.818m linking the Central Asian Republics with Pakistan. This project is funded by the Government of Pakistan aimed to help the government of Afghanistan in its efforts for the reconstruction / rehabilitation of roads network by constructing the additional measuring 73.668 km along the existing two-lane two-way road linking Torkham with Jalalabad.

The existing road which was also rehabilitated/improved with the GoP funding is 7.0 meters asphalted road with 2.0 m treated shoulders on each side. The additional carriageway will consist of 7.3 meters asphalted surface with 2.0 meters DST shoulders and 1.0-meter earthen shoulder on each side as per international standards. The forum also cleared establishment of 132KV Grid Station at Bin Qasim Industrial Park, in Karachi at revised cost of Rs 3601.304m. The objective of the project is to provide uninterrupted power supply at affordable rates to special economic zone (SEZ) of Bin Qasim Industrial Park BQIP in order to meet the power requirements of SEZ enterprises.

The forum also cleared Up-gradation of Mechanical System for Sewerage & Drainage Services in WASA, Multan at the cost of Rs 1,591.280m. The project was submitted by the government of Punjab. WASA Multan was established in 1992 and it is providing water and sanitation facilities to population of Multan city.