Infrastructure Development in KPK During PTI Tenure. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pervez Khattak talking about his government’s vision and plans about the infrastructure of the province, in 2016, said that they are set to materialize projects such as; cement plants in Haripur, oil refinery in Karak, two housing schemes: Motorway Housing scheme and Peshawar Model Town, and a country wide much needed hydel power projects – three in total of about 506 megawatt. Along with these projects he also mentioned the development of a circular railway track connecting Peshawar with Nowsehera, Nowshera-Swabi and Charsadda-Mardan.
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Infrastructure Development in KPK During PTI Tenure
Furthermore, hinting on the most talked project of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government: a rapid bus transit for Peshawar (RBT). The Chief Minister also boasted about the improved capacity of the province to attract flowing investments for such projects because of the work his government had done on making the system accessible and easy, all in the efforts of planning the future of KPK in a realistic way.
Cement plants in Haripur
KPK During PTI Tenure in association with Pakistan Army affiliated Frontier Works Organization (FWO) planned to construct around 7500 tpd production line in Bandi Muneem, Haripur. FWO is a major civil engineering construction company in Pakistan and in here they are expected to use the output of the project for its own use and also make it available to the local market. Cement industry of Pakistan’s capacity is running at high utilization rate that is not only making sure to meet the country’s cement demands but correspondingly exporting to African countries, India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Oil Refinery in Karak
This project too KPK government is constructing in association with FWO with an estimated cost of around Rs. 62 billion and a capacity of refining 40,000 barrels per day. The project is set to be fully finished by 2018, which the government is optimistic to be achieved. Furthermore, the project is claimed to have international standards with above 92 octane ratings. Site of construction had been the basic problem the government had to initially face as politicians from Kohat and Karak wanted it to be constructed in their respective region. FWO helped in this regard and making the lengthy process of bidding easier and thus saving time.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pervez Khattak talking about his government’s vision and plans about the infrastructure of the province, in 2016, said that they are set to materialize projects
Energy Projects in KPK
Mohammad Naeem Khan, KpK Secretary Energy and Power, that a total of 356 mini-micro hydel projects were planned to be constructed in the many backward areas of the province of which 180 have been successfully been completed in 2017 with the work on the rest on full swing. In a high level meeting with his team – Chief Executive Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) Akbar Ayub Khan, Project Managers and Project Directors – stated that a Daral Khawar Project 36.3MW in Swat was already in completion phases.
Furthermore, while reviewing other projects and the pace of work on them he expressed his concerns. These projects included; Jabori Hydropower Project with 10.2MW capacity, Karora Hydropower Project with 11.8MW capacity, Koto Hydropower Project with a capacity of 40.8MW, Lawi Hydropower Project with a capacity of 69MW, and Mataltan Hydropower Project of 84MW capacity. By the end of the meeting he issued stern issues regarding a need to increase the pace of work going on these projects.
Peshawar Specific Projects
The KPK During PTI Tenure kick started their infrastructure development with two main projects in 2013; with one focusing on the beautification of the provincial capital allocating around Rs. 500 million, and another known as the Uplift Program of around Rs.1 billion that focused on developing the local infrastructure such as roads, water supply, sanitation facilities, pavements building and instilling streetlights. Part of the first, includes the beautification and repairing, along with making footpaths on both sides of the road, of the provincial capital’s GT road, which is estimated to cost Rs. 178 million. Moreover, green spots with new plantation along the extended road will be developed.
Along with these a series of other infrastructures were developed during the tenure of PTI such as the Peshawar General Hospital, Peshawar Institute of Cardiology, a Rs. 1.4 billion park project in Hayatabad, Peshawar Zoo, an Expo center that will help increase trade with Central Asia and Afghanistan, and two separate food streets; one in Hayatabad and the other in Namakmandi. However, the most famous – and to some extent the most notorious – of all these developments is the much anticipated and talked about project of Peshawar Mass Transit System that is estimated to cost Rs. 56 billion.
However, there is one project that seems to have taken the spotlight from all others: the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT). This is a Peshawar specific Metro Bus system part of a transport project under the Peshawar Rapid Mass Transit Corridor. A lot is said about this project as there has been visible setbacks both related to time managements and other constructional management issues. This project was set to be finished before the upcoming elections but twice dates of completion has been moved and many high level officials have either been dismissed by the Chief Minister of the province or they have resigned.
Overall, KPK During PTI tenure seems to have covered many aspects of infrastructure underdevelopment of the Province; from targeting health to roads to beautification to solving the province energy and power problems –all while also adding industry to generate more regional trade and exports. Along with, as rightly boasted by the Chief Minister KPK Pervez Khattak, that these projects and many more in other sectors have been made possible because they have made working with government departments easier and transparent to a noticeable degree.
Thus, with these developments on their record and opposition on their hinds they will go to the people of KPK and asked to be elected once more into power in this upcoming election. Thereby, making the success of their party in this upcoming election is hinging on developments they have achieved during their time in power.