Planning Commission of Pakistan announces completion of key projects

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ISLAMABAD: Planning Commission of Pakistan has announced completion of some key infrastructure projects funded under Public Sector Development Programme. The projects completed include Mirani Dam, Sabakzai Dam Project, Khirther Canal Project and Gwadar Deep Water Port Project including additional dredging.

According to the details released by Planning Commission, Mirani Dam has been completed at District Kech, Balochistan Province by Ministry of Water and Power
Commencement date of the project was July 8, 2002 and completion date was June 30, 2010 with an estimated cost of Rs 5811.000 million (financial closure in progress).

Objectives achieved are storage of 114,426 acre feet water for developing agriculture and irrigation of 33200 acres command area (on 80% probability) through 377 cusecs of irrigation water supply.

Sabakzai Dam Project has been completed at Districts Zhob and Killa Saifullah, Balochistan province by the executing agency Ministry of Water and Power. Work on the project commenced January 1, 2003 and has been reported completed by June 30, 2010 with an estimated cost of Rs 1960.823 million (physical work of project completed and dam / irrigation system operative, financial closure in progress). Objectives achieved: Providing 35 instead of 33 (planned) cusecs assured irrigation water supply to an area of 7300 acres against 6875 (planned) acres of agriculture land; with a 14,700 live storage capacity.

Khirther Canal Project (Balochistan Portion) has been completed at Districts Jaffarabad and Jhal Magsi, Balochistan Province by the Ministry of Water and Power. The project commenced on April 20, 2006 and completed by June 30, 2010 with a cost of Rs 999.495 million. Objectives achieved: 2400 cusecs assured supply of water as per share of Balochistan, command area increased to 70,000 acres. According to I&P Department GOB, targets have been achieved, authenticated by Revenue Department and I&P Department Aabyana records.

Exploration and Evaluation of Coal Fields of Chamalang – Bala Dhaka Bahlol and parts of Ghazi Coal Basin in Balochistan have also been completed at Districts Loralai, Barkhan and Kohlu by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. Work on the project started July 1, 2007 and completed by June 30, 2010 with an estimated cost of Rs. 24.142 million. Objectives achieved: Geological mapping of 2290 sq km completed. 20x section measurements (Stratigraphic sections) completed. 60x coal samplings completed. Maps, data processing, interpretation and results completed while reports are under preparation.

The project Islamabad-Muzaffarabad Dual Carriageway has been completed at Satra Mile-Lower Topa (43.2 K.M) by Ministry of Communications. Work on the project was started on 19th September 1999 and has been completed on 31st December 2009 with a cost of Rs. 12,666.0 Million (financial closure in progress). Objectives Achieved: Construction of 43.2 km Dual Carriageway has reduced enormous load of traffic on already existing road between Islamabad and Murree. Travel between Islamabad and Muree has become faster and safer, resulting in enormous savings in vehicle operating cost and travel time costs. Vehicle operating cost savings Rs 64 Million/annum. Annual average daily traffic (AADT) of 1000 vehicles benefited.

Upgradation and Strengthening of Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has been completed at Peshawar. Project started 1st July 2005 and completed by 31st December 2010 with completion cost of Rs 213.015 mllion.

Objectives achieved: Increased yield, improvement in quality parameters and products developed in the institute has increased commercial activities in Pakistan especially in KP province and provided indirect employment to masses. Additional income of more than Rs 223.0 million has been accrued to the farmer’s so far.

Gawadar Deep Water Port Project including additional dredging has been completed at Gawadar on Balochistan Coast by the Ministry of Ports & Shipping. Work on the project started on 20th March 2002 and completed by 30th June 2010 with completion cost of Rs 16,675 million (financial closure in progress). Objectives achieved: Port is fully operational since March 2008, as per original scope of work and has handled more than 100 ships. 03 multipurpose berths (200 m each), 4.7 km approach channel dredging, turning basin 595 meter dia, completed.

The project Procurement-Manufacturing of 69 D.E. Locomotives has also been completed at Risalpur, KPK b y the Ministry of Railways. The project commenced on 15th February 2002 and completed by 30th June 2010 (financial closure in progress) with completion cost of Rs 11151.00 million. Objectives achieved: 69 D.E locomotives, including 15 Completely Built Units (CBU) and 54 Completely Knock Down/Semi Knock Down (CKD/SKD), manufactured and in operation. By replacing obsolete D.E Locomotives, annual savings of Rs 2045 million expected.

The project Procurement Manufacturing of 1300 High Capacity Bogie Wagons has been completed at Lahore by the Ministry of Railways. Financing (federal, donor, cost sharing): PSDP (Govt of Pakistan) Rs 2,262.800 million Chinese supplier credit Rs 3,607.200 million, giving the total cost of Rs 5870.0 million. Work on the project started on 30th July 2003 and completed by 30th June 2010 (financial closure in progress) with completion cost of Rs 5870.0 million. Objectives achieved: All 1300 High Capacity Wagons have been received / procured (420 CBU, 880 CKD) and put in service. All machines / equipment in the project have been procured and installed. Only activity remaining is installation of 2 machines for which civil works are in progress and expected to be completed by June 2011.

The project Personnel Identification Secure Comparison & Evaluation System (PISCES) has been completed at FIA (HQ) Ministry of Interior Islamabad with the help of US government. The project’s financing was shared by federal government, US government (cost sharing; US sharing is in the form of hardware & software).

The work on the project started by 1st July 2003 and completed 30th June 2010 with completion cost of Rs 567.394 million. Objectives achieved: Providing state-of-the-art identification facility for exit and entry points at the ports of embarkation and “disembarkation electronic monitoring of watch list facilitating immigration process.”

Source: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C08%5C31%5Cstory_31-8-2011_pg5_17

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