Northern Areas CDWP approves 31 projects
8 July 2007
The Daily Times
Gilgit: The Northern Areas Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved 31 development projects for the region for fiscal year 2007-08, planning and development secretary told reporters on Saturday. The Northern Areas CDWP met Regional Chief Secretary Qamar Zaman in chair and approved 31 projects out of 32 projects, while one project was differed. Northern Areas Planning and Development (P&D) Secretary Attiqur Rehman said eight hydel projects has been earmarked for the next fiscal year 2007-08 which would cost Rs 11 billion, while Rs 160 million have been allocated for the construction of various roads in Skardu district. The P&D secretary also said that Rs 40 million has been sanctioned as additional cost for the Gilgit RCC bridge which links the main Gilgit city with Konodas area. This additional amount has been sanctioned to modify the design of the bridge, increasing the total cost from Rs 80 million to Rs 120 million. He said the two new hydel projects - a 16- megawatt and a 14-megawatt project - costing Rs 2.8 billion would be constructed at Naltar near the 18 megawatt hydel project, which was constructed with the finance and technical assistance of China and recently started generating electricity. The P&D secretary said the regional chief secretary was a taking keen interest in the development work to bring the region at par with other areas of country and that all existing development schemes were near completion. The federal government has approved Rs 4.54 billion development budget for the Northern Areas during fiscal year 2007-08.