The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) recently convened under the leadership of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr. Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan. The meeting centered around crucial development projects spanning various sectors, with a combined value of Rs. 36.2 billion. Out of these, three projects received recommendations for further consideration by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), while one project obtained approval from the CDWP.

The CDWP assigned top priority to initiatives related to post-flood reconstruction and rehabilitation. Four projects were discussed under the Post-Flood 2022 Reconstruction Program, including “Resilience Enhancement and Livelihood Diversification in Balochistan (Public Health Engineering/Water Supply Infrastructure Sector)” with a total cost of Rs. 2.8 billion, “Resilience Enhancement and Livelihood Diversification in Balochistan (Road Infrastructure CW and PPHD)” worth Rs. 13.8 billion, “Resilience Enhancement and Livelihood Diversification in Balochistan (Irrigation Infrastructure)” valued at Rs. 8.25 billion, and “Livelihood Interventions for Integrated Flood Resilience and Adaptation Program (IFRAP)” with a total cost of Rs. 11.36 billion.

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The project focused on “Resilience Enhancement and Livelihood Diversification in Balochistan (Road Infrastructure CW&PPHD),” with a total cost of Rs. 13.8 billion, secured a recommendation for further consideration by ECNEC. This World Bank-funded initiative aims to strengthen transportation infrastructure, reduce travel time for residents, and enhance resilience against environmental challenges.

Another vital project under the Post-Flood 2022 Reconstruction program, “Livelihood Interventions for Integrated Flood Resilience and Adaptation Program (IFRAP),” valued at Rs. 11,360 million, also received a recommendation for deliberation by ECNEC. This project targets the upliftment of underdeveloped regions in Balochistan, focusing on agricultural and livestock interventions to enhance resilience against climate change and other challenges.

The project titled “Enhancement of Resilience and Diversification of Livelihoods in Balochistan (Irrigation Infrastructure),” totaling Rs. 8.25 billion, received a recommendation for approval by ECNEC. Financed through a World Bank Loan, this project aims at rehabilitating flood-damaged infrastructure and establishing flood management structures within Balochistan. The central objective is to enhance agricultural productivity, mitigate economic losses from floods, and strengthen livelihoods in the region.

The CDWP approved the project “Resilience Enhancement and Livelihood Diversification in Balochistan (Public Health Engineering/Water Supply Infrastructure Sector)” with a total cost of Rs. 2.8 billion. The project focuses on the rehabilitation and restoration of damaged water supply schemes in calamity-hit districts of Balochistan.

With three projects recommended for consideration by ECNEC and one project securing CDWP approval, these collective efforts aim to revitalize infrastructure, enhance livelihoods, and fortify resilience against environmental challenges. The meeting was attended by Secretary Planning, Awais Manzur Sumra, Members of the Planning Commission, representatives from line ministries, provincial P&D departments, and officials from the Planning Ministry.

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