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Old August 18th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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BALOCHISTAN | Progress News & Updates

Balochistan comes under sharp focus: President directs early completion of projects

17 August 2011

A total of 133 projects costing Rs 305 billion are being executed in Balochistan. While briefing President Asif Ali Zaradri on Tuesday, Dr Nadeem Ul Haq, Deputy Chairman Planning Com-mission, and Shakil Durrani, Chairman Wapda, said that out of 1,180 ongoing projects being executed through PSDP of current year (2011-12) throughout the country, 133 projects costing Rs 305 billion were being executed in Balochistan alone.

According to them, a sum of Rs 126 billion has already been spent on these projects up to June, 2011 and an additional allocation of Rs 28 billion has been made during the current year for federal projects in Balochistan out of PSDP. The meeting was also informed about various schemes and projects being executed in Balochistan as part of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan, including Dera Bugti development package, Quetta development package, Kohlu development package, Sui package and other development schemes.

Imtiaz Kazi, Secretary Water and Power and Shakil Durrani, Chairman Wapda while giving presentation on water sector projects said that at present 23 water sector projects, including small dams costing Rs over 111 billion were being financed. Over Rs 10 billion have been allocated during the current financial year for these projects, according to him.

The Chairman Wapda said that two water sector projects - Mirani Dam and Sabakzai Dam - had already been completed with a combined cost of nearly eight billion rupees. Mirani Dam has a water storage capacity of 0.152 MAF with irrigated area 33,200 acres while Sabakzai Dam has a storage capacity of 0.015 MAF with irrigated area of 6,875 acres.

The Chairman Wapda informed the meeting that almost 60 percent of the work had been completed on Kachhi Canal water project which would irrigate 102,000 acres of land in the first phase. It would increase to over 700,000 acres after the completion of the second phase.

According to him, RBOD-III, a drainage project - will be completed by June 2012 with an estimated cost of nearly 4.5 billion which will benefit an area of over 287,000 acres of area. The Chairman WAPDA also briefed the meeting on small and medium dams projects in Balochistan including Naulong Dam, Winder Dam, Hingol Dam, Pelar Dam, Garuk Dam and Hub Dam.

Chairman NHA Muhammad Ali Gardezi briefed the meeting on highways, airports and infrastructure development projects and said that Rs 8.5 billion had been allocated for the 17 road projects in the province. He said that Airport at Gwadar had been financed as a special case by the federal government through PSDP. An amount of Rs 1.5 billion has been paid for land acquisition and during the current year 2011-12, Rs 1.1 billion has been allocated for the construction of Gwadar Port, according to him.

The President said that the future of the country is heavily dependent on the success of Gwadar Port and urged for early completion of Gwadar airport and other roads and infrastructure projects linking the Gwadar Port with other parts of the country. The President during the meeting stressed for early establishment of the colleges announced at Khuzdar and Loralai besides providing funding for Turbat and Loralai universities. He said the government, despite a difficult economic situation, would take all possible steps to make funds available for the various mega development projects being undertaken under the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan.

He also directed that the Kachhi water project should be completed on a priority basis. The President called for expediting the work on mega developmental projects in Balochistan with a view to providing job opportunities to the people and bringing the province at par with the rest of the country. "The province's speedy development is the top priority of the government," the President said while chairing a high-level meeting to review progress on mega development projects. He called upon the state functionaries to step up their efforts as the government could brook no further delay.

Briefing the media persons on Tuesday, spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that four separate presentations were given - one each by Dr Nadeem Ul Haq, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission; Mir Ahmad Baksh Lehri, Chief Secretary Balochistan; Muhammad Ali Gardezi, Chairman NHA; and Shakil Durrani, Chairman Wapda.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani, Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh, Mir Israrullah Zehri, Minister for Food and Agriculture Changez Khan Jamali, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Water and Power M. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President Senator Dr Babar Awan, Asim Kurd Gello, Finance Minister Balochistan Sardar M. Aslam Bazinjo, Balochistan irrigation minister, Dr Nadeem Ul Haq Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, federal secretaries finance, planning and development, water and power, ports and shipping, communications, Chairman Wapda, spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar, Mir Ahmad Baksh Lehri Chief Secretary Balochistan, Secretary irrigation Balochistan, ACS (Development) Balochistan, Abdul Jabbar Khan IG of federal projects, MD Pepco, Chairman NHA, Chairman PARC and other high officials of the relevant departments.

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Old August 18th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #2
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After NFC award, Balochistan has a budget of around Rs. 195 billion & it has population of only 6.5 million. Balochi people can become more wealthy if Govt. starts spending on them...
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List & Status of Dams in Balochistan (as of August 2011):

  • Akra Kaur Dam
  • Burj Aziz Khan Dam
  • Hub Dam
  • Mirani Dam
  • Sabakzai Dam
  • Wali Tangi Dam
  • Naulong Dam
  • Garuk Dam
  • Hingol Dam
  • Pelar Dam
  • Shakidor Dam
  • Sukleji Dam
  • Winder Dam

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Kayani inaugurates mineral development project in Zhob

13 August 2011

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani inaugurated Musakhel Minerals Development Project in Zhob district of Balochistan province on Friday. Addressing on the occasion, he said that peace and unity were the key elements to take benefits of natural resources and added, the Musakhel Minerals Development project was a gift for the people of Balochistan on Independence Day.

He said that the project was completed in five months during which the geological survey of this area rather phase of lease agreement and mining were completed. General Kayani said all the tribes of Musakhel not only took keen interest in the project but also extended complete co-operation to FC and resolve their all difference through negotiations.

Congratulating the people, he informed that according to initial estimates, there were two to five million tons of coal deposits besides marble and gypsum which could create employment opportunities for the local for next 12 to 15 years. The Army Chief said that initial survey for exploration of gas has been completed in Musakhel in the last month, adding, these natural resources would open doors for employment for thousands of people.

The large portion of the income to be generated through this project would be spent for welfare of people and foundation laying of a high school in Musakhel was its evidence. He said this project would open avenues for the development of Musakhel district as well as the adjoining areas.

General Kayani said that Musakhel project was continuity of the efforts which Pakistan Army and the Frontier Corps (FC) were carrying out for the people of Balochistan in education, health and employment. He referred to Sui Education City where Military College Sui has started its educational activities from April this year, Balochistan Institute of Technical Education where 4,480 students have completed their education, Gawadar Institute of Technical Education, Chamalong Education Programme and Garrison Sports Complex ad Medical College in Quetta.

The Army Chief said that 6,000 soldiers would be recruited in the Army from Balochistan province this year adding, this number would reach 12,000 in two years. He said that development and progress of people could guarantee defence of the country and said Pak Army and FC would continue to assist people in development projects in Balochistan. He also felicitated people of Loralai district and Tehsil Dukki who alongwith FC carried out an agreement of coal project which doubled the production of coal and helped maintain peace in the areas.

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Increasing capacity: PARCO set to approve investment in $6b refinery

ISLAMABAD: The board of directors of the Pak Arab Refinery Company Ltd (Parco) is expected to approve the firm’s participation in setting up the $6 billion Khalifa Coastal Refinery at their meeting on September 9 (Friday).

Sources told The Express Tribune that Parco’s board of directors is expected to finalise a ‘participation agreement’ for the formation of a joint venture company that will invest in the Khalifa Refinery, to be set up in Balochistan. The government has already allocated 1,000 acres of land for the project.

The project would create Pakistan’s largest oil refinery, with a capacity of refining up to 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Parco also owns what is currently the largest refinery in the country, with a capacity of processing 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Parco is expected to have about a 26% share in the company, with the remaining 74% of the investment coming from Abu Dhabi’s state-owned International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

IPIC is indirectly one of the parent companies of Parco, which is 60% owned by the government of Pakistan and 40% owned by the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Investment Company, a subsidiary of IPIC.

The project had been put on hold in January 2009 due to the global recession that caused oil prices to plummet from above $140 per barrel to just over $33 per barrel in a matter of less than six months.

While oil prices have since recovered, the management of the company has had issues with the government’s energy policy, particularly the inter-corporate circular debt which has caused massive liabilities to pile up at most refineries owing to the government’s inability to pay the subsidies it promised to the energy companies.

“IPIC management has been concerned over the receivables owed to it by the state-run oil marketing company Pakistan State Oil (PSO),” said one source familiar with the matter.

The government has been trying to find a long term solution to the circular debt problem, and even made a Rs30 billion payment to Parco in May, added the source.

Yet another reason cited for the delays in investing in the Khalifa Refinery was IPIC’s commitments to build another two large refineries, one of which is to be located in Turkey.

Parco’s board of directors have already approved $500 million (Rs43 billion) in initial funding for the Khalifa Refinery project. About $13 million has already been released to begin the groundwork for the project.

“As IPIC management has assured us that they will resume work on the Khalifa Refinery project, we are hopeful of finalising the participation agreement at the coming meeting of the Parco board of directors,” said a source at the petroleum ministry.

After the signing of the agreement, the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project will be awarded.
Once in production, the refinery will be able to produce about 13 million tons of petroleum products per annum.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2011.
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That is some good news for Balochistan. I just hope that they do invest and not just make promises.
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just hope to it get build for balochis bros.
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This was proposed in 2005-06, good to see them coming back...
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Pak-Navy Inaugurated "darman JKah Hospital" in Ormara Balochistan, works in Balochistan coast to carter civilians needs

ORMARA: Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir, on Monday said that various developments works being executed by the Pakistan Navy at Pasni, Gawadar and Ormara would also cater to the needs of local people.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of state of the art PN Darman Jah Hospital at Ormara.

Earlier, he inaugurated the PN Darman Jah Hospital by unveiling a plaque.

Admiral Noman Bashir said there is a need to diversify the activities of the Pakistan Navy at Ormara and Makran on account of the operational requirements of these coastal areas.

Speaking about hospital, he said PN Darman Jah is fully equipped and modern hospital which would provide indiscriminate medical treatment to Navy personnel and civilians.

Expressing pleasure on inauguration of the hospital at Ormara, he said this is service to humanity because the hospital would provide treatment to the people.

Admiral Noman Bashir said a school is also being contructed by the Pakistan Navy at Ormara.

He said he would also direct that at the utility marts of Pakistan Navy should also provide essential commodities to the people at subsidized rates.

Addressing the ceremony, Commander Coast, Tayyab Ali Dogar, said the sectors of health and education are being given attention.

He said PN Darman Jah Hospital is a 25-bed which would be upgraded to 100-bed in next three years.

He also expressed gratitude to the Naval Headquarters for its support in execution of the project of hospital.

Among other notables, Commanding Officer PN Darman Jah, Surgeon Hassan Ibrahim, Commander Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara, Captain Adnan Jan Baloch and other notables were also present on the occasion.
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KAYANI Inaugurates Quetta Institute of Medical Sciences and Garrison Sports Complex in Balochistan

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Pak-Navy Inaugurated "darman JKah Hospital" in Ormara Balochistan, works in Balochistan coast to carter civilians needs
are there any pics of this hospital??
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Pakistan Navy establishes first hospital in Ormara

KARACHI, Sep 12: The first ever hospital facility established under the auspices of Pakistan Navy was inaugurated today at the remote coastal city of Ormara. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

The hospital named as “DARMAN JAH” meaning place of Cure and Healing” in Balochi is an extension of Pakistan Navy’s sustained efforts towards uplift and development of Balochistan. Recruitment of the hospital’s female paramedic’s staff from the local area and subsequent training at PN Hospital SHIFA at Karachi is testimony to pursuance of this policy. The hospital, apart from catering the naval personnel, would also be offered to the local populace.

PN Hospital DARMAN JAH is a full scale medical facility housing trauma care, operation theatre, labour room, pathology, radio diagnostic centre and dental treatment. The hospital is equipped with latest state of the art equipment and machinery.

While addressing the occasion, Admiral Noman Bashir expressed his satisfaction over the role of PN in nation building and social uplift of the people of Pakistan in general and coastal areas in particular. Be it floods, earthquake or any other catastrophe. He added that we have always stood by our people and have contributed positively in rescue, relief and rehabilitation.

The nobles from Ormara and surroundings also attended the ceremony.
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Good move by the navy. I've been to Ormara and Pasni (Gwadar as well), these places really need some development. I wish the Baloch govt. would do its job right for once.
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It's a modern and equipped hospital. very good job by Pak-Navy

Balochistan needs development, Pak-Army and Navy have inaugurated few projects in last 2 months. Keep it up.
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Kachhi Canal: A project that could revolutionize Balochistan

ISLAMABAD - The government has decided to pool its resources for expeditious completion of the Kachhi Canal project this year. This decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the prime minister to review the ongoing development projects under the Public Sector Development Programme at the PM’s House.
Kachhi Canal project is of immense importance for Balochistan, as it would enable the province to draw its share of water from the Indus irrigation system. He added that the project would irrigate more than 700,000 acres of land in a phased programme in Balochistan.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf directed the Finance Ministry to immediately release Rs 6 billion required for the completion of the project. The meeting also decided to complete Dadu-Khuzdar transmission line on fast-track basis. It was also decided that Kalat-Quetta-Chaman Road would be completed before the end of this year.
The prime minister directed the fast-track completion of Kalat-Rato Dero, Khori-Qubi Saeed Khan Section (Kuhzdar-Rato Dero Road) and Gawader-Rato Dero Road.
“Our government had persistently increased the development expenditure from Rs 416 billion in 2009-10 to Rs 873 billion for PSDP 2012-13 at an average growth rate of 20 percent during the last four years. Our priority is to complete the projects which are near completion so that its benefits could start reaching the people as early as possible,” said the prime minister.

During the meeting, the prime minister observed that though the allocation of public sector development funds had increased over the years, their impact had been missing as the projects could not be completed in time for one reason or the other. He said the approval of the projects should be accorded keeping in view their national and strategic importance.
The prime minister said that he would personally inspect the projects to review their progress. He directed the Ministry of Finance to release funds for the projects as approved in the meeting since they were of great significance. He also observed that all health-related projects should be completed on priority.
During the briefing, Lt-Gen (r) Shahid Niaz, member, Implementation and Monitoring of Planning Division, said that only those projects had been identified which were nearing completion. The prime minister appreciated the work done by the Planning Commission for coordination and implementation of the development projects in the country.
The meeting was attended by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Nadeem-ul-Haq, Senator Syda Sughra Imam, secretaries of finance, planning, EA divisions, WAPDA chairman, NHA chairman and other senior government officials.
The project has been marred by attacks from militants since it started in 2006. Engineers, more than 22, were kidnapped from the project site in Sui in November, 2006. The kidnappers also burnt 9 tractors and a bulldozer.
Meanwhile, talking to Climate Change Minister Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan who called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the Prime Minister’s House, he said the government was committed to decreasing pollution and improving the environment. The minister apprised the prime minister of the ongoing monsoon tree-plantation campaign in Islamabad. He maintained that 500,000 saplings would be planted during the monsoon. The minister also apprised the prime minister about implementation status of Pak-II (Euro-II) emission standards adopted by the federal government in 2009. It is a modern technology to improve fuel quality by reducing sulphur content in the fuel.
The prime minister appreciated the initiative of the Ministry of Climate Change and said that it would help Islamabad become pollution-free and greener, added the prime minister.
He asked the minister to direct all the refineries to expedite the process of producing low sulphur diesel.“We must improve fuel quality and introduce modern technology in vehicles to bring the pollution level down in the cities for protecting public health,” said the prime minister.
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some gud progress in balochistan
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Is that guy speaking Urdu? Cause omg I understand so little . Such big words lol
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Yeah, please do something for Balochistan too.
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Is that guy speaking Urdu? Cause omg I understand so little . Such big words lol
Yes, that is in Urdu...with a little baloch accent
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