JUN 22, 2018: The government has announced program to build 100 stadiums all over the country costing Rs 2,500 million in consultation with Provincial Governments on 50:50 cost sharing basis.
Similarly, 400 vocational training institutes on cost sharing basis with Provincial Governments are proposed to be set up all over the country. This would bridge the supply and demand gap of technical manpower required for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.
Moreover, the development plan document further revealed that an amount of Rs 57 billion have been allocated for Education Programs including Higher Education.
A few initiatives in the Higher Education Sector include Enterprise Resource Planning System and IT Training for 100,000 Youth, Modernization and up-gradation of Labs in Engineering Universities, Establishment of Center of Excellence in Cyber Security, Robotics & Automation and Establishment of Center of Cooperation of Civilizations.
In order to bring FATA in the mainstream, ten years development plan with total outlay of Rs 100 billion has been approved and during 2018-19, an hefty amount of Rs10 billion has been made for implementation of the plan. Engaging youth in productive activities is very important to keep them away from undesirable activities, the document said.
Beside construction of expo centers in Peshawar, Islamabad and Quetta, the expo center in Karachi is proposed to be upgraded at a cost of Rs 8,000 million.
The government has also made special allocation to start construction of Bhasha Dam and Mohmand Dam and enhanced water sector allocation from Rs 36 billion to Rs 65 billion for next fiscal year.
he Annual Development Plan (ADP), highlighting initiatives under Public Sector Development Program for next fiscal, on Sunday showed that to start construction of Bhasha Dam and Mohmand Dam, Rs 23 billion and Rs 2 billion have been earmarked respectively.
The others water sector projects includes seven new schemes worth of Rs 849 billion to be started in 2018-19 to conserve and augment water resources. These new schemes are National Flood Protection Plan-IV, Diamer Basha Dam Project (Dam Part), CRBC 1st lift cum Gravity Project DI Khan, Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project (Dam Part), Lining of KB Feeder Upper Canal for Water Supply to Karachi City, Rehabilitation and Modernization of Sukkur Barrage (90 per cent WB, 10 per cent federal) and Construction of Feeding Canal to Manchar Lake to eradicate contamination.
Similarly, for fast track development of Special Areas, Rs 62 billion (AJK Rs22 billion, GB Rs15 billion and FATA Rs 25 billion), have been allocated.