A Dawn article:

Rs22bn water resource development project for Balochistan approved

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Monday approved the Balochistan Integrated Water Resource Management and Development Project at an updated cost of Rs22.2 billion.

The project – considered highly important with its location on Nari and Porali river basins – will cover almost one fourth of Balochistan and provide multiple benefits including clean drinking water facility, reducing the risk of floods, less erosion, more fuel wood, more fodder for livestock and saving endangered mangroves and juniper forests as well as enhanced agriculture productivity in the province.

The project would be completed in six years, with $200 million as foreign aid from the World Bank-affiliate International Development Association (IDA).

The scope of work also includes provision of ventilation and electrical works for road tunnel, construction of platforms, operational buildings along with allied facilities, installations and equipment for snow clearing.

The cost of the project also includes a foreign exchange component of Rs5870m. The National Highway Authority will be the executing authority for the project.

Related to the Lowari Tunnel Project, the ‘Improvement and Widening of N-45 Project’ was approved at a revised cost of Rs17.42bn. The project is located at Chakdara, Timergara, Akhagram, Dir Kalkatak, Chitral. Both Lowari Tunnel and N-45 Projects are expected to help in the development of the area and provide better facilities to the public.

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