ISLAMABAD: a day earlier than the quit of the preferrred court docket’s cut-off date, the federal authorities cleared the Nai Gaj dam assignment on Thursday with out attaining decision on its real revised fee and supply of financing for the undertaking that is facing considerable delays.

The important development running birthday celebration (CDWP) endorsed the Nai Gaj dam scheme for final approval of the executive Committee of countrywide monetary Council (Ecnec).

The CDWP, that is headed by way of the planning minister, has the mandate to approve handiest as much as Rs3 billion really worth of schemes.

. The CDWP recommends all the ones initiatives which have a higher fee to Ecnec for final approval. In total, the CDWP referred three schemes costing Rs202 billion to Ecnec for final decision.

“The Nai Gaj dam’s 2d cost revision worth Rs46.5 billion became referred to Ecnec for its final approval,” stated a statement issued through the planning ministry.

planning Secretary Zafar Hasan said the Nai Gaj dam might overcome water shortages and irrigate an area of 28,000 acres in Sindh, for this reason it had to be dealt with mutually by way of the federal as well as Sindh government.

considering the importance of the mission, its crowning glory have to be expedited without any further postpone, he brought.

The Ministry of Water assets had requested the CDWP to approve the project at a revised value of Rs47.73 billion. In 2009, the then government had authorized the mission at a total fee of Rs16.Five billion, of which 96% could be funded by means of the federal authorities. Due to the fee overrun, the Pakistan Peoples party (PPP) authorities revised the task price upwards to Rs26.2 billion in 2012.

but, the Ministry of Water assets and the Water and strength improvement Authority (Wapda) have now provide you with any other revised laptop-I, in search of growth in the cost to Rs47.7 billion. In response to that, the Ministry of planning and improvement proposed to cut the value to Rs41.Eight billion.

It also advised that the federal authorities’s share should be capped at the first revised value of Rs26.2 billion and the Sindh government ought to provide the extra Rs15.6 billion.

during the assembly, the Ministry of Water assets opposed to restoration the revised cost at Rs41.8 billion, consistent with the officials who attended the assembly. It became of the view that in case the CDWP decided to set the value at Rs41.8 billion, it is able to result in a third revision of the laptop-I.

The officers said the CDWP referred the problem of final cost to Ecnec for its selection. Similarly, the Sindh authorities also refused to fund the mission on account that it did now not have assets, said the officers. This trouble will also be determined by means of Ecnec.

The venture is aimed toward constructing a 194-foot excessive dam to harvest one hundred sixty,000 million acre toes of floodwater and generate 4.2 megawatts of strength. The project will also make certain 50 cusecs of continuous water drift for ecological recuperation of the Manchar Lake.

the matter changed into additionally pending earlier than the apex courtroom that held its remaining listening to on Monday this week. The courtroom had directed that the CDWP ought to consider the project and a file may be submitted within the best court docket on Friday (these days), according to the making plans ministry files.

The CDWP had also considered the project in its January 3 assembly and raised queries approximately firm timelines for development of the command vicinity and overview of the value and scope of the venture by means of Wapda.

Polio venture

The CDWP additionally encouraged a second revision of the emergency plan for polio eradication really worth $986 million (Rs138 billion) to Ecnec, consistent with the making plans ministry statement.

even as taking a briefing in this venture, the minister for planning and improvement stated polio eradication become a country wide priority so a fast tracking mechanism ought to be installed to make sure its smooth implementation. He instructed that federal and provincial governments must work closely to get rid of the middle reservoirs in which sewerage water became contaminated with the polio virus. The undertaking were provisionally recommended to Ecnec with the aid of the CDWP remaining week. The CDWP also referred the Punjab police integrated command and manage centre Lahore task really worth Rs17.Five billion to Ecnec.

This venture envisaged modernisation of the infrastructure machine and abilities of the Punjab police to proactively manipulate the safety scenario and to professionalise the police reaction to incidents with the aid of moving towards mission-focused deployment of resources.

posted in the explicit Tribune, January eleventh, 2019.

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