ISLAMABAD: Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved 32 projects of over 28 billion rupees for Balochistan pending since last two years in the sectors of communication, irrigation, transport, fisheries, health, education, industries, commerce, food, agriculture, dams housing infrastructure, environment and higher education.
CDWP met here Friday under Nadim ul Haq, deputy chairman planning commission. Besides chief minister Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raeesani, federal and provincial secretaries and senior officials also attended the meeting.
Approval was accorded in respect of 3 projects in agriculture sector, 2 in health, 6 in industries and commerce, 10 in transport and communication, 5 in irrigation, 3 in infrastructure and housing, 1 in environment and 4 in higher education.
A sum of Rs 6.27 billion have been allocated for the construction of Gwadar Express way, Rs 5.76 billion for Patfeeder canal, Rs 2.46 billion for 1000 dailay action dams and 20 small dams and Rs 1.49 billion and Rs 1.55 billion for construction of universities in Loralai and Turbat.
Chief minister Balochistan said on the occasion that development program funds for Balochistan had not been slashed under the directives of president Asif Ali Zardari and prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani so that backward province of Balochistan could be brought at par with other provinces in terms of development.
The special meeting held by CDWP for approval of development projects for Balochistan demonstrates sincerity of government, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, deputy chairman planning commission, Nadim ul Haq said funds for uplift projects of Balochistan had not been curtailed. These projects would be completed within 4 to 5 years, he told. – Onlinenews