Govt to enhance private sector’s participation in CPEC projects: minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umer on Wednesday said the so far progress in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects was satisfactory, while the scope of private sector’s participation would be widened with the passage of time.

He was giving briefing to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform that met under the chairmanship of MNA Junaid Akbar.

Umer said the government would ensure the increased participation of the chambers of commerce and people directly involved in business with China in CPEC projects.

“We need to increase collaboration in manufacturing and agriculture sectors,” the minister said.

He assured his ministry’s support for projects of federal nature, suggested by the committee’s members.

The Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives’ additional secretary briefed the members about the implementation on the recommendations of the committee.

Monthly progress on Dasu Hydropower project was presented before the committee.

The committee was informed that a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Kypber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary on January 21 this year to sort out issue of land acquisition.

Moreover, a follow up meeting was held under the chairmanship of the adviser to the prime minister on Establishment in which progress of land acquisition was deliberated and timelines to acquire remaining land were also agreed.

The committee directed to obtain details of payments made to the land owners for land acquisition in batch 1 for the Dasu hydropower project.

The committee was informed that WAPDA was implementing the ‘Local Area Development Program’ in the Dasu hydropower project area, which included eight infrastructure schemes.

Furthermore, a bill titled ‘The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2019’ was deferred till next meeting of the committee.

The WAPDA chairman briefed the committee about the Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project (1410mw) Sawabi, saying the Terbela 4 was part of the package of quick impact hydropower projects and that it was more efficient than existing Terbela units.

He said the Terbela 4 had generated 6,347 billion units since its commissioning, adding major objective of the project was to generate cheap environment friendly electricity.

The project would strengthen WAPDA’s financial position and would enable the authority to raise commercial financing for Diamer Basha Dam, the WAPDA chief told the committee.

Regarding infrastructure and allied works on Metro Bus Service Pesahwer Morr to New Islamabad Airport, the National Highway Authority’s member planning informed that work scope included both civil and structural.

The project, approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) in March 2018, had witnessed substantial completion of civil work including metro bus corridor, underpasses, bridges and interchanges, the member added.

The finishing work and electro mechanical work were in progress, whereas infrastructure work would be completed before 30th March this year, he further informed the NA committee.

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