Government focuses on the completion of important Transport and Communication projects under PSDP 2019-20


Engineering Post Report

The Federal Government has attached due focus on the completion of important Transport and Communication sector on-going projects and initiating  only commercially viable projects on Public-Private Partnership (PPP)/Build-Own-Transfer (BOT) basis   under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP)  during ongoing financial year 2019-20.

It has also decided in principle not to take up any provincial road except for the less-developed areas of Balochistan, South Punjab, South Khyber Pukhtoonkhwah. ex-FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.

However, East-West  regional connectivity as well as inter-provincial  connectivity have been given preference  to improve the linkage and within country trade.

Under PSDP, as many as 80 ongoing and new projects including those by the National Highway Authority (NHA) have been funded for continued implantation and launching with a huge allocation of Rs 154715.143 million including foreign aid of Rs 58911.915 million.

Transport and Communication sector on-going and new projects  are estimated to cost on the whole Rs  2060027.199 million including foreign aid of  Rs  455194.000 million. Against this, total expenditure of Rs 893110.444 million had been incurred  up  t end June 2019.

Out of 42 new schemes listed in the PSDP, only two have been approved  at the appropriate level of Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) and rest of 40 are all are unapproved as of now.