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Punjab Government hosted a 2nd meeting on Mid Term Development Framework along with Western Corridor of CPEC at 90-Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore.

25 Apr, 2017

Punjab Planning and Development Department hosted the second Meeting of Inter-Ministerial Committee on Mid-Term Development Framework of Punjab along the Western Corridor of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at 90-Shahrah-E-Quaid-E-Azam Lahore. Punjab Minister P&D Malik Nadeem Kamran chaired the Meeting while Ministers’ for Irrigation, Industries, Sports & Youth Affairs, C&W, Members’ National/Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, Secretary P&D, Joint Chief Economist P&D, administrative Secretaries of various departments, government officials and other stakeholders attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Malik Nadeem Kamran Minister for P&D suggested the Working Groups to arrange final meetings in the next week to priorities the schemes and to hold separate groups meetings in P&D Department for finalization of Mid-term development program for the districts along the Western Corridor for submission of final presentation to the Chief Minister Punjab. Minister P&D, in his concluding remarks, said that all necessary steps must be taken to make CPEC a success. The Western Corridor of CPEC will provide world class connectivity and therefore, emphasis must be placed on development of Provincial roads, Highways, Industrial estates, housing colonies, Rain water harvesting projects, Inland Water Transport and establishment of technical education institutes in districts along the Western route of CPEC.

Earlier at the meeting, the Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo briefed the participants that the Punjab Government has assigned top priority to the districts falling on the Western Corridor of CPEC. The objective of the meeting was to deliberate on the mid-term development framework for the three northern districts in order to upgrade social, industrial and infrastructural outlook of these district and meet with the future needs by establishing industrial estates, providing modern livelihood through establishment of housing colonies on the pattern of satellite towns, creating inter and intra-cities connectivity through required interchanges and developing their agriculture / irrigation sectors by realizing the potential of northern region containing these three prioritized  districts. He apprised the meeting that the six working groups concerned, which were notified by the Minister P&D in the last meeting, have done the initial spadework and firmed up proposals pertaining to their relevant sectors. During the meeting, Infrastructure Development Working Group proposed nine road sector schemes; Skills Development WG identified sectors in need of skills and recommended a mechanism of third party audit; Industries, Mines & Mineral Development WG proposed setting up a new industrial estate; Agriculture, Livestock, Wildlife & Tourism Department proposed various schemes in the sub-sectors; Energy & Irrigation Department WG also identified six schemes under the irrigation sector pertaining to dams and canals, while the Housing & Urban Development WG proposed Multi-use real estate along the CPEC route for residential, commercial, hospitality and leisure activities.