Islamabad: The federal government has approved the use of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) savings for meeting the land acquisition cost of Kuchlak-Zhob road, a news source reported. This land acquisition drive is geared for the extension of the N-50 road section, which is 305-kilometres long.
After deciding to employ the PSDP savings for this purpose, the government says the project will require no new allocations. The approval came during the meeting of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec). Finance Minister Asad Umar chaired the said meeting.
The meeting also gave approval for some communications and power sector projects. The Planning Division conducted a presentation on doubling the tracks of the western alignment, which is Kuchlak-Zhob road section of N-50, of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
For responding quickly to accidents and other mishaps on this western corridor, the Ministry of Communications had presented a proposal for establishing an Intelligent Transportation System. The committee also approved this proposal during the meeting. Additionally, it approved the setting up of service areas along the western corridor.
Ecnec has also given approval for connecting the isolated areas of Gwadar and Makran with the national Power grid.