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Ishaq Dar approved three mega projects

08 March, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council which accorded approval for three projects. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Food Security Minister Sikandar Hayat Bosan, provincial ministers and officials of federal and provincial governments were present.

ECNEC considered and approved the project for detailed design and construction of Pehur high level canal extension, Swabi at a cost of Rs 10,156 million which also includes ADB loan of $86.29 million.

The project is an extension to the command area of the Pehur high level canal and draws its supplies through Gandaf Tunnel directly, which conveys irrigation water from Tarbela Dam reservoir.

The project will bring about 8,727 ha (1316 ha in Janda Boka and 7411 ha in Indus - Amber area) of rain fed land under irrigated agriculture. The project will enhance irrigated area and ensure food security due to increase in crop production over the next decade in KP.

ECNEC also accorded approval for conversion of existing 220 KV sub- stations at Band Road, Kalashah Kaku, Ravi and Nishatabad (Districts Lahore and Faisalabad) to GIS technology at a cost of Rs 5,683.87 million. Under the project conversion of existing 220 KV sub-stations from air insulated substations (AIS) to Gas Insulated sub-stations (GIS) will be undertaken.

The GIS substations will improve efficiency and reliability of the system and result in reduction of erosion and deterioration thereby cutting down maintenance costs and frequent tripping. The power flow will also increase by 684 MW in the system.

The projects related to Right Bank Outfall Drainage were deferred on the request of the Sindh government to allow them time to firm up views on their contribution for RBOD-II, as per the financing plan.

Approval was also given for Kachchi canal project (phase-I) at a cost of Rs. 80,352 million. The project aims at development of water and land resources within the less developed areas of Balochistan Province covering districts of Dera Bugti, Naseerabad, Bolan, Kachhi and Jhal Magsi.

Kachhi canal off takes at Taunsa Barrage from river Indus with peak discharge of 6000 cusecs and will ultimately irrigate an area of 713,000 acres. Under Phase-I of the project 72,000 acres would be irrigated. The project will boost the agriculture production of food grain, fiber and oilseeds. It will also facilitate availability of potable drinking water.

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