Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has approved development projects worth PKR 2.18 billion for the uplift of South Waziristan tribal district, according to news sources.
Reportedly, the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) approved this Special Integrated Area Development Package that will be carried out in three years (from July 2021 to June 2024).
This project will involve the local government, the irrigation, agriculture and livestock department, forestry and wildlife department, and various skill training and business development bodies. As per the information available, this economic rejuvenation project is expected to create jobs, maximise business opportunities, rehabilitate livelihoods, and promote socio-economic uplift of the communities.
According to the breakdown of costs, the local government department will get a PKR 429.5 million allocation for civil works in 18 bazaars, including construction of plain cement concrete pavements, footpath drains, solar pressure pumps for drinking water, solar tubewells, overhead water tanks, solar streetlights, and public latrines. In addition, PKR 348.2 million will be allocated to different irrigation projects, including 45 flood protection works in different parts of the district, 15 groynes or spurs, rehabilitation and construction of 30 water channels, 22 water tanks irrigation channels, and 25 concrete water tank and irrigation channels.
An additional PKR 318 million will be spent primarily on agriculture for the promotion of apple and plum orchards, and imparting technical skills’ knowledge for orchard management. Moreover, PKR 257 million will be spent on technical education and vocational training and Rs220 million on small and medium enterprises, while PKR 177.5 million will be spent in the livestock sector. A total of PKR 87 million will be spent on reviving the forestry sector.