The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved four development projects with a total worth of Rs. 126.2 billion during its meeting, chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr. Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan.
- Thar Coal Rail Connectivity with Existing Railway Network: This project, with an estimated cost of Rs. 55.97 billion, aims to provide rail connectivity to Thar coal mines and Port Qasim. It is aligned with the objectives of Vision 2025 by providing bulk transportation facilities for the growing economy. The railway infrastructure will facilitate the transportation of Thar coal across the country, reduce environmental pollution, and ease traffic congestion on roads.
- Construction of New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA): The revised project worth Rs. 60.208 billion involves the construction of NGIA and associated facilities over 4,300 acres of land already acquired. The new airport will boost connectivity and infrastructure development in Gwadar, a key port city in Pakistan.
- Improvement/Widening of Spera Ragha Road: This project, valued at Rs. 6.121 billion, aims to improve and widen a 92.5-kilometer-long existing single-lane road from Khanozai (N-50) cross to Loralai – Killa Saifullah (N-70). It will provide a vital route connecting central cities in Northern Balochistan to Southern Punjab, enhancing mobility and reducing transportation difficulties.
- Special Repair of 600 Passenger Coaches and 1,200 Bogies Wagons: With an estimated cost of Rs. 3.95 billion, this project aims to procure essential spares and conduct special repair, heavy repair, and preventive maintenance for 600 coaches and 1,200 bogie wagons. This initiative will ensure the proper maintenance and functionality of rail assets, including air-conditioned passenger coaches.
These projects are part of Pakistan’s efforts to enhance transportation infrastructure, promote economic growth, and improve the quality of services across various sectors.