Rs 750 million approved for Gwadar Airport

ISLAMABAD: The Annual Plan Coordination Committee (APCC) on Tuesday approved Rs 750 million for construction of Gwadar International Airport and Rs 1.357 billion for converting 29 troubled districts of Balochistan into peaceful “A” areas.

“The Rs 1.357 billion project aims at converting 29 “B” areas into “A” areas in Balochistan,” Mr Riaz, project director, told reporters here, adding that “B” areas are the districts where law and order situation is not good.

He hoped that the project aimed at restoring law and order in these districts would be completed in next two years.

The APCC also approved agriculture sector development projects worth over Rs 25 billion and allocated initial funds for the fiscal year 2007-08.

After the meeting, Ismail Qureshi, federal secretary Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, said that Rs 18.5 billion project was also approved for introducing drip and sprinkle irrigation technology in the country.

He said that an ongoing project of Rs 66 billion for lining of 89,000 watercourses in the country would continue in the next fiscal year. He said that work on some 45000 watercourses would be completed this year.

Qureshi said that the APCC had approved Rs 3 billion fisheries development project. This project also includes constitution of fisheries development board and establishment of fish farms in the seas and on the land to promote latest techniques for the development of this sector.

He said that Rs.5.5 billion livestock development project, Rs 8 billion productivity enhancement project and Rs 1 billion food quality enhancement project would be launched to enhance productivity.

Syed Asif Shah, commerce secretary, said that the APCC had approved Rs 216 million for the Pakistan Fashion Design School, Rs 30 million for Foreign Trade Institute and Rs.1.3 billion for the Expo Centre Lahore, extension in Expo Center Karachi and establishment of Institute of Textile and Clothing.

The Ministry of Science and Technology will get 40 percent increase in its development budget in next fiscal year with an allocation of Rs 7 billion; and Railway Division Rs.12 billion, the officials said.

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NOCs Issued to 53 Housing Schemes

NOCs issued to 53 housing schemes
5/27/2007 10:49:58 AM | The News
QUETTA: Balochistan Minister for Gwadar Development Authority Syed Sher Jan Baloch said on Saturday the authority has issued NOCs to 53 housing schemes in Gwadar.

Responding to a question asked by opposition MPA Jan Muhammad Buledi, he said development work on these schemes would be launched within three years.

Minister for Zakat and Population Welfare Nasreen Khetran said her department has disbursed Rs 180 million through the local Zakat committees among the poor.

Responding to a question asked by MPA Sardar Azam Musakhail, provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Maulana Faiz Muhammad said funds received from the Asian Development Bank are being spent on the establishment of technical and vocational institutes for women in Loralai, Turbat and Hub, and provision of machinery and other apparatus to Quetta and Gwadar technical institutes.

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