CDWP meeting held today under the chairmanship of Minister for Planning & Development / Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal. The meeting was attended by the sponsoring agencies and the representatives from Provincial Governments and Special Areas. The meeting was especially held to consider energy related development projects. The Minister stated that Govt.’s priority is to make country self-sufficient in cheep and affordable energy. He further stated that water and energy are backbone of Govt.’s policy. He stated that if proactive approach is not adopted for building water reservoirs, the country may face bigger problem in ten years than what is being faced for energy today. He advised the participants that PC-I should be prepared with due diligence in consultation with all stakeholders to avoid frequent changes in PC-I at implementation stage.
CDWP approved / recommended 13 projects costing around Rs 103 billion including Foreign Aid of Rs 8.2 billion relating to Energy Sector.
CDWP is authorized to approve projects costing upto Rs. 1.0 billion. Projects costing over Rs 1.0 billion are to be approved by ECNEC. Eight (8) projects costing Rs 101 billion, each costing over Rs 1.0 billion, were recommended by CDWP to ECNEC for consideration/ approval.
Sectoral features of main projects are as below:
– PC-II to conduct feasibility study for Gaddani Power Project costing
Rs 100 million was approved by the CDWP toady. The cost of the feasibility study will be provided from the PSDP. For the construction of Energy Park to produce 6600 MW electricity at Gaddani. A Company Pakistan Power Park Management Ltd. fully owned by Govt. of Pakistan has been established to arrange finances through Special Purpose Vehicle to finance projects at Gaddani.
– Three Hydropower projects sponsored by Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa namely “Sharmai (150 MW) Hydropower Project costing Rs 33 billion, “Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) of Shogo-Sin HPP District Chitral” costing Rs 27 billion and “Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) of Shushgai HPP District Chitral” costing Rs 29 billion were recommended by CDWP for approval of ECNEC. A total of 425 MW electricity would be produced. These projects will be financed on Public Private Partnership mode – 10% of the cost will be borne by Govt. of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from its resources whereas 90% of the cost will be arranged by private sector.
– Under Punjab’s Renewable Energy Development Sector Investment Programme, revised PC-Is of construction of five Hydel Power Stations (Run of River Hydropower Projects) each at Chianwali, Pakpattan, Deg-out, Marala and Okara together costing Rs 12 billion having total capacity of over 24 M.W. were considered and recommended by CDWP for approval of ECNEC. The 80% cost of these projects would be met from ADB loan.
– Two projects of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission namely i) Detailed Exploration of Uranium Resources in Bannu Basin and Kohat Plateau, Phase-II, (ii) Detailed Exploration of Uranium Resources in Dera Ghazi Khan – Phase-VIII costing Rs 634 million and Rs 726 million, respectively were approved by CDWP today.
– A revised PC-I of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority titled “Establishment of National Dosimetry and Protection Level Calibration Laboratory (NDCL)” was approved by CDWP.
– In addition to above, the following concept clearance of proposals were also considered by CDWP:
I. Conversion of FO / Gas fired boilers to coal of 450 MW Units 1&2 Thermal Power Station, Jamshoro
II. Conversion of FO / Gas fired boilers to Coal of 1350 MW Units 1-6 Thermal Power Station, Muzaffargarh
III. Installation of new cool fired Power Plants having Capacity of 2×660 MW at Jamshoro
IV. Implementation of Dassu Hydropower Project
V. KASA 1000 Power Project
– The Committee decided after extensive discussions that construction of water reservoirs is very important for the future of the country. The Committee therefore noted that Diamer Bhasha Dam takes precedence over all other projects in the water sector. Due to financial crunch, the Committee concluded that Govt. may built Diamer Bhasha Dam water reservoir first. This would not only make available water for irrigation purpose but would also make additional water available during off season for Tarbella and other projects for generation of electricity when the water availability for hydel power generation reduces.
– To overcome financial crunch, CDWP decided that private sector should be encouraged to finance infrastructure projects.
A High Level Meeting in Planning Commission held under the chairmanship of Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms to initiate a nation wide enrollment of ‘out of school children’ with the cooperation of provinces and other stakeholders. Secretaries and additional secretaries of ministry of education and training, CADD, IPC, and Information and broadcasting along with representative from AJK, KPK, FATA, GB, USAID, and ADB also participated. Representatives of Federal and provincial ministries participated in meeting to dvise the mechanism for enrolling out of school children.
Mr. Iqbal said “Development starts with education and ends with education”, he further added “Federal government fully respects the devolution process in social sectors but will play a role to coordinate national policies”
Provincial ministers of education from AJK and KPK appreciate the Planning Commission’s role to bring Federal Government and Provinces together for enrollment of out of school children
“Our goal is to have every children enrolled in school”, Minister said.
“Nation-wide 500,000 children will be enrolled on international literacy day on 8th September through three day enrollment campaign 9, 10, 11 September” He added.
There are 57 million adults who are illiterate while 25 million children of primary and secondary school going age are still out of schools whereas 8.3 million children of primary school going age.
Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal minister, appreciated the offers made by Sialkot, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi chambers of commerce and industries to support this campaign morally and financially. KPK Minister for education said that planning commission had taken right step in right direction and that they will support it whole heartedly to make it successful. While, AJK minister said that education was national responsibility and any task assigned to AJK Government from Planning Commission will be undertaken as moral, religious, and national duty.
USAID and ADB also stated that enrolment campaign will be supported and government has taken a very positive initiative. Managing Director of PTV said that PTV will take this as national assignment and will broadcast special messages during the campaign. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting offered to direct PEMRA to involve private media to support this campaign. Federal Minister also appreciated the offers made by professionals from various fields of life to volunteer their services in this national cause.