ECNEC Okays Projects worth Rs135bn

A meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) presided over by Mr. Ishaq Dar in the last week of August approved development projects in various sectors at a cost of around Rs 135 billion.

With some other tourism related projects, the meeting also approved Carec Corridor Development Investment Program at a cost of Rs 21,041.00 million. The project aims at dualisation and rehabilitation of 208 kms of three road sections on the N-55 in the provinces of Sindh (Petaro to Sehwan & Ratodero to Shikarpur-dualisation work) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Darra Adam Khel to Peshawar-Rehabilitation Work).

The dualisation and improvement of Sohawa-Chakwal Road project also approved by the ECNEC at a cost of Rs 7,980.475 million. The project aims at improvement of 66.405 Km long existing road to a width of 7.3 Meters (2-lanes carriage way) and construction of additional 7.3 Meters wide road (2-lanes carriageway) to make it dual carriageway besides provision of allied facilities and structures.

The ECNEC also approved the Construction of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Bridge over River Indus (districts of Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur) with guide banks linking N-5 with N-55 including approach road at a cost of Rs. 9,304.160 million.

The project regarding Extension of Right Bank Outfall Drain from Sehwan to Sea, (RBOD-II), districts Jamshoro and Thatta, Sindh was also approved by Ecnec at a cost of Rs. 61,985 million as well as the Lower Indus Right Bank Irrigation and Drainage Project at a cost of Rs. 17,505.018 million. RBOD-I project is part of master plan with aim to disposing off effluents from the right bank of Sukkur and Guddu Barrage.

Balochistan Effluent Disposal into RBOD-III (Location: Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Balochistan and Jacobabad, Kambar, Shahdad Kot, Sindh) at a cost of Rs.10, 804.540 million was also in the list.