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Central Development Working Party approves 7 projects of worth Rs 36 billion

Islamabad, November 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Central Development Working Party has prioritized health sector by approving five health projects worth Rs 22.7 billion. The meeting was chaired by Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Prof Ahsan Iqbal, and was attended by senior officers of the provincial governments and ministries concerned. Overall, the CDWP approved seven projects worth Rs 36 billion, including four projects costing Rs 30 billion, which were referred to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).

In health sector CDWP referred Sindh immunization support program (SISP) worth Rs 8 billion, expanded program on immunization Khyber Pakhtunkhwa worth Rs.6.6 billion with FEC Rs 1.4 billion, expanded program on immunization Balochistan of worth Rs.7.3 billion with FEC Rs 2.8 billion to ECNEC. All the three immunization projects, Sindh, KPK and Balochistan aim to prevent children from 9 diseases including childhood tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus , hepatitis -B, haemophilus influenza , measles and pneumonia .

The meeting approved establishment of unit for shredding, sterilization and disposal of medical waste of Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) Islamabad with cost of Rs 199 million in principal and directed to rationalize the scope of the project. It has also approved establishment of children hospital at Bahawalpur (Phase1) of worth Rs 519 million. Under phase 1 of this project, 235 bedded hospitals will be established which will help reduce the current load of children per bed in the Bahawalpur division.

The CDWP approved 5 MGD reverse Osmosis sea water plant for Gwadar city of worth Rs 5071 million .The project aims to meet the future demand of 14.0 MGD by 2020. It also approved 7th STG (secondary transmission and grid stations) project (GEPC) of worth Rs 8572 million with FEC Rs1362 million. The project aims to provide adequate facilities for reliable and stable supply of electrical power to meet with the growing demand of domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers of GEPCO.

The CDWP also approved three position papers including extension of right bank outfall drain from Sehwan to sea (RBOD -2) with cost Rs.61.9 billion, Balochistan effluent disposal into RBOD of worth Rs.10.8 billion and lower Indus right bank irrigation and drainage project (LIRBP) stage -1 of worth Rs.17.5 billion.

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