CDWP approves Rs191bn worth of Health and Housing projects:
Islamabad: The Central Development Working Party approved two major projects that were worth Rs 191.722 bn for the health care and physical planning and housing field.
The CDWP meeting presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Jehanzeb Khan approved one project and then approved it to the executive committee of the National Economic Council so that further consideration can be carried out.
An official announcement was held that revealed that all the projects that are related to health, physical planning and housing, education, information technology sectors were discussed in a meeting.
The CDWP meeting discussed the first project that was revised for the greater Karachi bulk water supply scheme K-IV 650 million gallons per day. This project was officially presented by the Ministry of Water Resources at a cost of Rs 191.94 bn. However, the CDWP after deliberating recommended this project to the Ecnec for further consideration.
The project was also recommended at a reduced scope of 260 MGD water and at a cost of Rs 126 bn along with a constitution of a committee to settle certain observations before the handover of the project to Ecnec.
The PC deputy chairman emphasized that there was a severe shortage of water in Karachi and the project needs to be carried out on a fast-track basis.
The CDWP approved a project of the Ministry of National Health Services that was worth around Rs. 528.383 million for the purpose of the establishment of safe blood transfusion services in the Islamabad Capital Territory. This project is proposed to be financed through the public sector Development Program and Foreign Funding.
The overall objective of the project was to establish a state-of-the-art Regional Blood Centre in Islamabad to provide safe blood and blood products to the linked hospital banks of the territory. The elimination of duplication of services, cost-effectiveness, and improved efficiency by placing products are only some of the benefits that will come out of this new project.
The CDWP meeting also cleared two position papers that were worth Rs. 3.176bn. The Ministry of Federal Education proposed the first PP, at Rs1.253 billion, for the establishment of the Directorate General of Religious Education. The Ministry of Information Technology presented the second PP for Cyber Security for Digital Pakistan Phase-1 ICT at a cost of Rs1.922 billion.