Development projects worth Rs44bn initiated in Sialkot, Sahiwal

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LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Local Governments & Community Development (LG&CD) Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed, on Sunday, announced that the first phase of the Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Programme was initiated and uplift projects in Sialkot and Sahiwal were underway at the cost of Rs 44 billion. 


He further mentioned that several other cities including Multan, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bhawalpur, Rawalpindi and Sargodha would be added in the second phase of the project. 


In addition, it was also announced that the provision of basic facilities was the top priority of the government and was in line with the vision of the Prime Minister. 


Moreover, work was underway in order to ensure a stable water supply, provide a solid waste management system, facilitate proper sewage and provide street lights in 16 cities. The projects will cost Rs 34 billion. 



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Balochistan CM reviews progress of uplift projects

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QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, presided over a high-level meeting to review new and ongoing projects, including approvals, authorisations and disbursement of new development projects.

While briefing the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary for Planning and Development, Hafiz Abdul Basit, informed that 286 new development schemes were included under the current Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) while 1,525 ongoing schemes were a part of the current development programme.

Along with 184 flagship schemes, the meeting was also apprised of the new plans devised for the current financial year, including 155 PDWPs and 2,131 DSC development schemes.

After reviewing progress, CM Alyani instructed all relevant authorities to ensure timely completion of all tasks without compromising quality. 

The meeting attendees included provincial ministers Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, Abdul Khaliq Hazara and Noor Mohammad Dummar, the additional chief secretary for planning and development, principal secretary to the chief minister, director of public relations and secretaries of departments concerned.


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Chairman RDA reviews progress of ongoing projects

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RAWALPINDI: Chairing a meeting of the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Chairman RDA Tariq Mehmood Murtaza reviewed the progress of the ongoing projects.

Members of the Administration and Finance Directorate, Metropolitan Planning and Traffic Engineering Directorate, Land Development Directorate, State Management Directorate and Engineering Directorate RDA were among the attendees of the meeting.

A detailed briefing on RDA’s vacant land was given by the Director Estate Management, along with transfer cases in RDA’s own properties, RIT (old) Schemes, verification and clearance of residential and commercial buildings were discussed.

The relevant officials further discussed the use of vacant land and were directed to finalise plans as soon as possible.

In addition, the MP&TE Directorate was directed to carry out the crackdown against all illegal encroachments.

Along with campaigning about the Building and Zoning Regulations 2020 and illegal housing schemes, the members of the meeting were directed to timely resolve all public queries as well.


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New mega projects to facilitate citizens: CM Punjab

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LAHORE:  As per the directives of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar, construction work on new megaprojects has started in Punjab.

According to the details, the development work has been started on Shahkam Chowk Flyover, Gulab Devi underpass, and Sheranwala flyover.

Director General (DG) Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Ahmed Aziz Tarar, and MD WASA, Syed Zahid Aziz also informed the parliamentarians about the development work on schemes.

On the occasion, the parliamentarians appreciated the scope of development work as it will help to resolve the issues faced by the citizens.

The provincial government of Punjab has also built an underground water tank at Lawrence Road while it aims to construct 11 more underground water tanks in the city.


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Asad Umar reviews progress of ongoing projects under CPEC

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ISLAMABAD: While chairing the second meeting of the Pak-China relations steering committee, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar reviewed the progress of ongoing projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The meeting was attended by Secretary Planning, Secretary Foreign, Secretary Interior, Secretary Railways, Secretary Power, Secretary Finance, National Security Adviser, Chairman NHA, Chairman, CPEC Authority, Chairman Gwadar Development Authority, Director-General of the Joint Staff Headquarters, Chief of General Staff/Director General Military Operations, Chief of Staff Naval Headquarters, Director General Intelligence/Analysis of the ISI and senior officers of the Ministries/Divisions.

Discussing the progress of the 884 MW Suki Kinari project, the planning minister directed the authorities to resolve operational issues, ensuring timely completion.

For the operationalization 660 KV HVDC Matari Lahore Transmission Line scheduled from September 01, 2021, officials of the power division were directed to provide sufficient power for the project by the committee.

On the other hand, the National Electric Power Regulation Authority (NEPRA) was tasked with finalizing the tariff rates for the project during the testing stage.

The Ministry of Communication was tasked to submit a proposal prompting acceleration of work on the Thakot–Raikot Road and, Zhob-Quetta road projects to commence the next level of development.


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Punjab govt earmarks Rs131bn for ongoing projects

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ISLAMABAD: In a meeting chaired by Chairman Planning and Development Board, the provincial government of Punjab has earmarked Rs131bn for the completion of various ongoing development projects in the province.

The funds have been earmarked for the completion of projects included in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) of FY 2021-2022.

According to the details, the meeting was informed that funds have been released for 3179 projects on the 1st July 2021.

Furthermore, it was also disclosed in the meeting that 96% of the projects at the District Development Committee (DDC) are in the final phase of completion.

Speaking on the occasion, the chairman ordered the relevant authorities to expedite the work on development projects.


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KP govt introduces mechanism for timely completion of projects

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PESHAWAR: The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is all set to introduce a mechanism for ensuring the timely completion of the development projects in the province.

According to the details, the mechanism will also help to monitor the projects and will ensure quality and transparency in the development projects.

As per the Planning and Development Department, the monitoring mechanism will allow to expedite the development work, and it will help to remove the barriers in the development process.

The new mechanism will come into effect after the approval from Planning and Development Department.

As per the media reports, the Additional Chief Secretary will be in charge of monitoring the programmes and a report will be submitted to Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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Under construction power projects in Pakistan | Blog

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Pakistan is a developing country that is improving and growing by leaps and bounds. To meet the growing utility needs of the population and irrigation, there are several under-construction power projects in Pakistan that are in place. 

These projects will not only increase the power capacity of the country but also provide the population with water resources for irrigation and drinking purposes. Luckily, Pakistan is blessed with various dams and currently, the government is taking many initiatives to increase the capacity of power.

Today, we bring you a concise yet informative blog discussing the under-construction power projects in Pakistan. To know more about the projects, keep on reading.

The first power project on our list is the Dasu Hydropower project. It is located near Dasu town, near Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. The Project includes a 4,320MW hydropower plant on the Indus River. The Project is located around 74km downstream of the famous Diamer Basha Dam, 240km upstream of the Tarbela Dam, and 345km from Islamabad.

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is responsible for the Project, and it is developed in two stages. 

The Project is a part of the Vision 2025 Program planned by WAPDA in 2001 and the Power Policy 2013 of the Government of Pakistan (GOP). The Project will include 12 hydropower units with a capacity of 360MW each. Out of these 12 units, the first six will be installed in the first phase, and the other six will be added in the second phase. Phase one will produce an annual output capacity of 12,300GWh. On the other hand, phase two will also have around 21,700GWh.

The construction works of the main dam began in mid-2017, with phase one scheduled to be online by 2023.

The Project’s first phase includes constructing a majestic roller-compacted concrete (RCC) gravity dam with ancillary structures and an underground powerhouse, six turbo generators, and a transmission line consisting of 500kV. The remaining turbo units will be completed in the second phase, and a double-circuit 500kV transmission line will also be made.

For this Project, WAPDA is planning to acquire 9,970 acres of land, out of which 2,029 acres are planned for main civil works construction. Another 741 acres was further added to the Project.

The second power project in Pakistan is the Kurram Tangi dam project. It is a dam located near the Kaitu River in North Waziristan, Pakistan. It is around 14 km upstream of Kurram Garhi Headworks and 32 km north of Bannu City in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA).

The dam has a capacity of 83.4 MW of power.

Like the previous power project, this project also consists of two phases. In the first phase, an 18 ft-tall weir on the Kaituna River will be constructed. This phase is expected to complete within three years. It will also allow the irrigation of 16,000 acres of land in the North Waziristan Agency. Also, around 18MW of electricity will be generated from this power project.

The whole project will look after the irrigation of 84,380 acres and have a hydropower generation capacity of 83.4 MW. The power project will also support 278,000 acres of the existing system of Civil and Marwat Canals.

  • Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project:

This power project is located at Keyal Khwar Nallah, a tributary of the Indus River in Lower Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is also situated 310 km from Islamabad on Karakoram Highway. It is around 265 km from the federal capital of Islamabad and 350 km from the provincial capital of Peshawar in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The total electricity generation capacity of the Khan Khwar Project is around 72 megawatts (97,000 hp).

There are two turbine units of 34 MW each and one unit of 4 MW installed at Khan Khwar Hydroelectric Station with an average annual generation capacity of 595 million units (GWh) of cheap electricity. Dongfang Electric Machinery Co. Ltd made these turbines and installed them. This Project is a joint venture with the technical assistance of Chinese corporations (Sinohydro Corporation via a consortium with China Water Resources Beifang Investigation, Design and Research Co. Ltd).

  • Mangla Power Refurbishment:

Mangla power refurbishment program includes the improvement and expansion of Mangla dam, one of the major dams in Pakistan. The dam is located at the River Jhelum, around 120 Km from Islamabad. The primary purpose of the dam was irrigation of nearby areas. Other uses of the dam included Power Generation, Fish Culture, Tourism, and Navigation.

Mangla Power House was completed in four stages. The initial phase comprising four units of 100 MW each was completed in 1967-69. Due to sediment deposition, the capacity of the dam decreased from 5.88 MAF to 4.674 MAF.

To recover the reduction in the capacity, the raising of Mangla Dam was started in 2004, and the Project was completed in 2009. The Dam height has been raised by 30 feet while the maximum conservation level increased from 1202 feet to 1242 feet, corresponding to the additional water storage capacity of 2.88 MAF.

In the Mangla Refurbishment Project JV (MRP JV), a feasibility report was presented, directed towards the up-gradation from 1000 to 1310 MW at 0.8 Power Factor.

Last but not least is the Warsak Dam project. It was a joint venture between Canada and Pakistan. The dam consists of two phases. In the first phase, four generating units of 40 MW capacity each were constructed. The 2nd phase began in 1975, and two more 41.48 MW units were made between 1980-81. The total capacity of the dam was 242.96 MW. 

However, over time, the capacity decreased to 150 MW. There were two reasons behind the reduction: Structural deformation of the powerhouse and Rapid erosion in the hydraulic equipment due to environmental issues.

In the rehabilitation of the dam, some of the tasks conducted by the authorities include:

  • Re-alignment of Power House crane rails.
  • Replacement of cracked or badly worn-out crane wheels.
  • Provision of 2 overhead cranes
  • Repair of roof leaks.
  • Repair of structural roof steel.
  • Repair of Power House concrete floors and walls
  • Mechanical and Electrical Works
  • Refurbishing of the butterfly valves of units
  • Installation of slip joints units 
  • Refurbishing of the damaged mechanical components of all six units.
  • Rectification of defects in the draft tube gates and gantry crane mechanism.
  • The alignment of turbine/generator units is in progress.
  • Replacement of stator windings with the provision of one winding as spare.
  • Replacement of the main circuit breakers of the switchyard was completed.
  • Remedial Measures To Reduce The Amount Of Sediment To Power Tunnels.

Warsak and its rehabilitation are crucial because it plays a significant role in establishing voltage in Peshawar, Kohan, Parachinar, and Bannu. 

So, these are some of the under-construction power projects in Pakistan. All these projects carry equal importance and are needed to irrigate their neighboring sites and for drinking purposes.

We hope you enjoy the blog and learn more about dams in Pakistan. If you have any queries and suggestions, let us know in the comment section below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

PM to launch 7th Avenue Interchange and I.J.P Road projects today

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to inaugurate the 7th Avenue Interchange and rehabilitation of I.J.P Road projects today. 

According to details, the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) of the Ministry of Defence will oversee the execution of the projects. 

As per a board member of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the civic agency is tasked with management of the ordeal which will be held at Pak-China Friendship Centre.

The 7th Avenue Interchange, designed to mirror a cloverleaf, is worth Rs1.5 billion and will have four left and right loops connecting 7th Avenue, Khayaban-i-Soharwardi, Srinagar Highway and Garden Avenue.

Similarly, PM Khan will launch the rehabilitation of I.J.P Road at the cost of Rs6 billion. The I.J. Principal Road is the major road connecting Sector I with Rawalpindi. Construction of the road will solve major traffic congestion in the twin cities. 



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Sindh releases Rs32bn for uplift projects

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KARACHI: Chief Minister (CM)  Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, on Monday,  directed the provincial finance department to release Rs32.4 billion for the timely completion of ongoing development projects. Funds for local bodies worth Rs6007.6 million against monthly OZT share and grant-in-aid have already been released. 

The CM House issued a statement stating that the CM said that Sindh was the only province to have released funds in the first week of the financial year 2021-22. 

Mr Shah further said that in 1999, the octroi zilla tax was abolished. Hence, the government released the finances at the regular fiscal transfers at 2.5% of OZT. 

As per the chief minister, administrative structure of local councils in the province comprise 24 district councils, 7 district municipal corporations,  3 municipal corporations, 1 metropolitan Corporation, 147 town committees, 9 municipal committees and 1526 union councils. 

Mr Murad Ali Shah stated that Karachi was the focus of the current government and efforts were directed towards its development. He added that the city has 9 major councils and 247 UCs. 


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FWO to execute 7th Avenue Interchange, IJP road projects: CDA

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ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) approved the construction of 7th Avenue Interchange worth Rs1.5 billion and I.J.P. Road project worth Rs6 billion and trusted Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) with its execution. 

According to sources, the construction work for interchange will be completed at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Srinagar Avenue near the Aabpara area. The interchange is designed with four left and right loops, mirroring the shape of a cloverleaf. An underpass is also in the works to link it to Khayaban-i-Suharwardi. 

As per details, the CDA has the execution of the revamping of I.J.P. Road project to the FWO. The road will alleviate the traffic which has been acting as a major hindrance for connectivity between Islamabad and Rawalpindi. 


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Numerous mega projects initiated in Multan

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MULTAN: Projects worth Rs117 billion under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) would be completed in this year. Deputy Commissioner Ali Shehzad, on Tuesday, chaired the meeting where the guidelines for the ADP projects were issued. 

As per sources, the Punjab government earmarked Rs14 billion for initiation of the aforementioned projects. 84 old and 231 new projects would be completed under the programme. 

Ali Shehzad stated that Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was personally invested in the projects. He even directed the concerned departments to ensure timely completion of the projects. 


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