Govt Allocates Rs 1tr For Development Projects For Next Fiscal Year

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The government on Friday unveiled a Rs1.001 trillion allocation for its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for fiscal year 2017-18.

The infrastructure sector will get 67pc of the PSDP budget. Rs411bn will be allocated for transportation and communication, of which Rs320bn will be allocated to national highways, Rs43bn for railways, and Rs44bn for other projects.

Following are the salient features of the PSDP.

Rs333.4bn allocated for the Communications Division

Rs305bn have been earmarked for the National Highway Authority’s (NHA) 72 ongoing schemes, while Rs14.7 billion have been allocated for 13 new schemes.

  • Rs 21.2bn have been earmarked for construction of Thakot-Havelian section of CPEC.

  • Rs10bn have been allocated for construction of Faisalabad-Khanewal Expressway (M-4).

  • Rs8bn have been set aside for dualisation of Indus Highway section from Kohat to Sarai Gambila.

  • Rs4bn have been allocated for Bella-Awaran-Hoshab Road.

  • Rs8.42bn have been earmarked for construction of infrastructure and allied work of Metro bus service from Peshawar More to New Islamabad Airport.

  • For construction of roads network for New Islamabad International Airport main link, Thalian and periphery road.

  • Rs5bn have been allocated while an equal amount has been set aside for dualization of Indus Highway balance portion under CAREC.

  • Rs5bn have also been allocated for dualisation of Yarik-Zhob section of N-50 which form part of Western alignment of the CPEC.

  • Among the new NHA schemes Rs5bn have been earmarked for construction of Lahore-Sialkot Motorway while Rs3bn have been allocated for dualisation of Sialkot-Pasrur Road.

The government has specified a total of Rs13.7bn for 11 schemes falling under the Communications Division, out of which Rs13.3bn have been allocated for three ongoing schemes and Rs357.9m have been earmarked for eight new schemes.

Out of the ongoing schemes, Rs13 billion have been earmarked for the construction of Greenline bus rapid transit system in Karachi.

Rs242.5bn allocated for special programmes

A total for Rs7.5 billion has been allocated for ERRA; Rs30 billion for the Prime Minister’s Global SDGs Achievement Programs; Rs40 billion for the Special Federal Development Programme; Rs12.5 billion for the Energy for All programme and Rs12.5bn for the Clean Drinking Water for All programme.

Likewise, Rs45 billion have been allocated for the relief and rehabilitation of internally displaced persons and Rs45 billion for the ‘security enhancement’ for SAFRON and Fata.

Rs129bn for Wapda projects

The government has specified Rs129bn for various new and ongoing schemes falling in the Water and Power Development Authority’s (Wapda) purview.

  • Rs21bn has been earmarked for the construction of the Diamer Bhasha Dam.

  • Rs53.78bn for the Dasu Hydro Power Project Phase-1.

  • Rs6.26bn for the Golan Gol Hydro Power Project.

  • Rs2.33bn for the Keyal Khawar Hydropower Project.

  • Rs651m for the Dubair Khwar Hydropower Project.

  • Rs19.57bn for the Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project.

  • Rs16.4bn for Tarbela 4th Extension.

  • Rs2.31bn for Tarbela 5th Extension.

  • Rs3.49bn for the Mangla Power Station Refurbishment project.

  • Rs945m for the Warsak Hydroelectric Power Station.

Under new schemes, a sum of Rs 1.2bn has been specified for the construction of the Mohmand Dam and Rs67 million for the Chitral Hydel Power Station.

Rs43.6bn earmarked for Kashmir, GB Division

The government has allocated an amount of Rs43.6bn for various new and ongoing schemes in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Gilgit-Baltistan Division.

The break-up is as follows:

  • Rs400 million for the 48 megawatt (MW) Jagran Hydro Power Project in AJK.

  • Rs500 million for the AJK Legislative Assembly Complex.

  • Rs485.653 million for Athmuqam-Keran Bypass Road.

  • Rs700 million for the construction of the Rathoua Haryam Bridge across Reservoir Channel on Mirpur Islamgarh Road.

  • Rs200 million for MBBS Medical College Mirpur.

  • Rs200 million for Mir Waiz Muhammad Farooq Shaheed Medical College Muzafarabad.

  • Rs558.650 million for the Nausri-Laswa Bypass Road.

  • Rs300 million for water supply and sewerage scheme in Mirpur City and nearby hamlets.

Similarly, the government has allocated an amount of Rs 15.3bn for various new and ongoing schemes in Gilgit-Baltistan for fiscal 2017-18.

Rs42.9bn allocated for 37 Railways projects

Under the PSDP, Rs33.5 billion have been allocated for 31 ongoing schemes.

The ongoing schemes include:

  • Rs5bn for acquisition of land for Railway Container Yard, Station and Railway line from Sea Port upto Coastal Highway at Gwadar.

  • Rs113.2m for construction of staff quarters.

  • Rs814m for doubling of tract from Khanewal to Raiwind.

  • Rs123.9m for doubling and improvement of existing tract from Port Qasim to Bin Qasim Station.

  • Rs7.1 billion for preliminary design and drawings for upgradation and rehabilitation of Main Line and establishment of Dry Port near Havelian under the CPEC and hiring of design and drawings vetting consultants.

  • Rs825m for procurement and manufacture of 75 new diesel electric locomotives.

  • Rs272m for procurement of equipment for improved security and anti-terrorism measures.

  • Rs1.78bn for procurement and manufacture of 585 Hopper Wagons and 20 Bogle Brake vans for coal transportation.

  • Rs400m for procurement and manufacture of 780 high capacity Bogle Hopper Wagons and 20 Bogle Brake vans for coal transportation (PH-1).

  • Rs330.5m for Project Management Unit (PMU) in Ministry of Railways.

  • Rs1.05bn for reconstruction of assets damaged during the floods of 2010.

  • Rs1.3bn for rehabilitation and extension of CSF at Khanewal and Sukkur.

Rs4.47bn allocated for defence production

Rs4.47bn have been allocated for ongoing and new schemes falling under the Defence Production Division’s purview.

The majority of this allocation, Rs4.32bn, has been made for the installation of a ship lift and transfer system and associated machinery and equipment to provide docking and repair facilities to surface ships, submarines and commercial vessels of up to 7,781 tonnage at Karachi.

Rs150 million have been dedicated for infrastructure upgradation projects for Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works.

Rs535mn allocated for defence related projects

According to the document, Rs248.69 million have been earmarked for ongoing projects for the procurement and construction of six Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs) for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and Rs95.50 million for a water distribution network for the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board and Chaklala Cantonment Board which will use Khanpur Dam as a water source.

Rs322mn allocated for the Nuclear Regulatory Authority

The government has allocated a total of Rs322 million for three ongoing and one new scheme falling under the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA).

According to budgetary documents, Rs286.5 million has been allocated for ongoing schemes and Rs35 million for new schemes.

Courtesy: Dawn

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