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High level meeting reviewed progress made so far on ongoing CPEC projects

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: In order to review the progress on the mega developmental projects being executed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the CPEC portfolio, a high level meeting was held with the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in the chair at Parliament House Islamabad on Friday.

Besides Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan the meeting was also attended by Federal Ministers Pervez Khattak, Asad Umar, Ali Amin Gandapur, Provincial Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Chairman CPEC committee Asim Saleem Bajwa and high ups of relevant federal and provincial departments. The meeting reviewed the progress made so far on the various ongoing  CPEC projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and discussed the matters related to the inclusion of new projects into CPEC portfolio including Chashma Right Bank Canal, Peshawar to D.I.Khan Motorway, Chakdara to Chitral Motorway, Hattar Industrial Zone Phase-II and Daraband Special Economic Zone etc.

The forum termed the proposed Chashma Right Bank Lift Canal project as of vital importance for  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and decided to constitute a steering committee headed by the Federal Defence Minister Pervez Khattak with the purpose to monitor the progress on this important project. Other members of committee include Federal Minister Asad Umar, Ali Amin Gandapur, Murad Saeed, provincial minister Taimur Saleem Jhagara, MNA Sheikh Yaqoob and Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Talking on this occasion, Speaker National Assembly termed CPEC projects as game changer for the region and stated that completion of ongoing CPEC projects would bring a new era of development and prosperity in the country. Addressing the participants, the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has said that Chashma Right Bank Lift Canal Project was of vital importance for the Food Security of the province adding that this project would be implemented at all costs and all available options would be utilized to give the project a practical shape. “CRBC project once completed would bring thousands acres of barren land of southern districts under cultivation and prove to be a milestone to make this province self sufficient in agricultural production”, he added.

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