PESHAWAR: The Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Friday approved 42 development projects with an estimated cost of over Rs24 billion.

According to an official statement, the approval was granted to these projects at a meeting of the PDWP in Peshawar chaired by KP Additional Chief Secretary Dr Shahzad Khan Bangash. The meeting took up 45 projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and merged tribal districts regarding different sectors including health, law and justice, home, multi-sectoral development, local government, relief and rehabilitation, energy and power, agriculture, roads and bridges, water, sports and tourism, elementary and secondary education, industries and science and technology and information technology sectors for the uplift of the province.

One project was recommended for inclusion in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2019-20 and two projects were deferred due to inadequate designs and were returned to their respective departments for rectification.

The approved projects of health sector included establishment of Safe Blood Transfusion Project, construction of two lecture theatres, auditorium, building for prosthodontics, tube well and overhead tank in Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar, Maternal Newborn and Child Health Programme in tribal districts, National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care in All tribal districts/sub divisions.

The approved projects of law and justice sector include feasibility and construction of tehsil judicial complexes in five selected districts on priority basis (Paharpur, Draband, Oghi, Havelian and Hangu), additional facilities and improvement of infrastructure of existing judicial complexes, feasibility for establishment of judicial complex at Dargai (Malakand),Thall (Hangu), Shabqadar (Charsadda),Tank, Totalai (Buner) and Kulachi (Dera Ismail Khan).

Projects of home sector include feasibility and construction of Police Station Tehkal in Peshawar, Police Station Matta in Swat, Police Station Zaida in Swabi, Police Station Gambila, Takhtikhel, Shah Hassankhel, Bragi, Arsala, Manjiwala in Lakki Marwat, Police Station Misri Banda, Akora in Nowshera, model police stations at Swabi, Mardan and Charsadda cities were approved.

The approved project of Elementary and Secondary Education sector include development of play areas in primary schools of KP, conversion of existing high performing Schools into school of excellence in tribal districts, standardisation of existing 21 higher secondary schools, provision of free textbooks to the students up to Class-V in all government schools in tribal districts, provision of free textbooks to the students from class 6th to 12th in merged districts.”

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