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CDWP approves Dir Expressway project

PESHAWAR: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved two important mega projects – D.I. Khan Motorway and Dir Expressway.

This was stated by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan while chairing a meeting of the cabinet today. He termed it a milestone in the socioeconomic development of the province and added that once completed, these mega projects will not only provide better transportation facilities to the people but will also help in sustainable and rapid development of the province in the context of CPEC.

He said both the projects were in the agenda of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting to be held on July 16 for inclusion in the CPEC portfolio.

The chief minister directed the quarters concerned to remove hurdles in the private land acquisition for public welfare oriented projects and ease the formalities and procedures and report to this effect should be presented to the cabinet within a month.

Briefing the media about the decisions of the cabinet, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information and Higher Education Kamran Bangash said an important legislation regarding Child Protection Act was tabled in the cabinet. In order to further improve the legislation, the cabinet constituted a committeeto further deliberate upon the Act in order to make it more effective.

Regarding the local government elections, Mr Bangash reiterated government’s pledge to hold local bodies elections in one go, adding that provincial government had made all preparations as well as allocated necessary funds for the purpose.

The cabinet approved package for strengthening and upgradation of BHUs, RHCs and Category A,B,C and D hospitals. 

The cabinet also renamed Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital Swat as Swat Kidney Hospital. The rules did not allow renaming any public institution after the name of public office holder who is alive.

The cabinet also approved Criminal Amendment Bill 2020, the cabinet also approved Supplementary Grant for the establishment of Police Lines in Distract Shangla. The cabinet approved framework for Sustainable Development Goals as Pakistan is signatory to the SDGs.

The cabinet approved renaming of Delimitation Authority as Coordination Unit as the Delimitation tasks has already been assigned to the Election Commission of Pakistan and Local Government’s Department role was confined only to coordinate with the Election Commission of Pakistan for holding elections.

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