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CPEC, power projects pace worries cabinet

In spite of the fact that the clergymen for arranging and back contended that the pace of improvement on CPEC-particular power era ventures was attractive, some approached if a unique checking advisory group for the hallway was the need of great importance to guarantee the passageway’s smooth execution, different sources aware of the meeting told Dawn.

As per one member, at one point Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif likewise supported the possibility of the exceptional council, yet this proposal was contradicted by Ahsan Iqbal and Ishaq Dar. The two men were of the perspective that the CPEC was at that point being observed at various levels and there was no requirement for another board of trustees. As of now, the priest for arranging and improvement is the central individual for the CPEC, though the Prime Minister Office additionally screens progress all alone.

In spite of the fact that the services concerned — arranging, water and power and fund — sounded confident about the possibilities of the finishing of force era ventures before May 2018, different individuals from the bureau, including the leader, appeared to be incredulous.

“The eventual fate of the PML-N comes down to one point, which is the satisfaction of our guarantee to end loadshedding inside five years. Something else, resistance gatherings won’t extra us,” a government priest told Dawn. Comparative concerns were communicated amid the bureau meeting, which prompted recommendations for included checking of the CPEC.

CPEC, power projects pace worries cabinet

To a question, the minister — speaking on condition of anonymity — said that some of his colleagues were worried about whether the government would be able to effectively end loadshedding, adding that the prime minister had listened to them intently.

Even for independent observers, no matter what the outcome of the controversy surrounding the Panama Papers, if the government fails to add enough megawatts to the national grid by May 2018, it would certainly be face a tough time in the next general elections.

More or less similar concerns were reflected in the press note issued after the meeting. The prime minister during a detailed briefing on the CPEC stressed that projects in the programme were the top priority of the government and accordingly, concerted efforts should be made to ensure timely progress, the handout said.

“The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform was directed to ensure completion of the first batch of projects in energy and infrastructure sectors, by 2017-18,” said the statement.

It further quoted the PM as saying that speedy progress on these projects was necessary for addressing existing shortfall and future demand. The completion of early-harvest projects would go a long way in ensuring the elimination of loadshedding by the summer of 2018, the statement said.

According to the statement, the prime minister also attempted to allay the concerns of smaller provinces over the CPEC’s western route.

The prime minister noted that significant progress had been made on the western route, which would generate employment opportunities will be generated for locals and generate economic activity.

During the meeting, the prime minister also expressed firm support for the Thar coal project and stated that had its potential been exploited 50 years ago, the nation would have been an energy exporter by now.

“Progress made so far on the Gwadar port project and allied infrastructure facilities was also reviewed in the meeting. The prime minister directed the concerned departments [to make] progress on initiation of work on Gwadar Airport and the Eastbay Expressway at the earliest,” said the press note.

Housing ministry

The cabinet, while approving in principle a summary of the Housing and Works division regarding a joint venture policy for land development in collaboration with the private sector — aimed at providing accommodation or plots to government servants before retirement — formed a committee to finetune the policy guidelines.

The policy envisages providing plots to 100,000 federal government employees. The committee shall comprise Minister for Housing and Works Akram Durrani, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid and may co-opt any other member. The committee will present its report to the cabinet.

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