GILGIT, July 19: Six development projects for the financial year 2017-18 have been approved. The projects worth Rs623.451 million will be executed under the departments of services, home, Gilgit-Baltistan Development Authority (GBDA), education and health. The approval of these projects was given at a meeting of the GB Public Works Department (GBPWD) that was presided over by Chief Secretary of the region, Dr Kazim Niaz.
The meeting reviewed 22 projects worth over Rs5.93 billion pertaining to departments of law, home, services, GBDA, energy, agriculture and communication.
The meeting recommended that nine development projects costing over Rs2.989 billion — two projects for law division, three for communication sector, one each for health, agriculture, GBDA and home departments — should be referred to the Chief Minister’s forum for approval.
The meeting deferred seven others projects related to energy, education, health, information and GBDA for technical reasons.
The meeting was attended by the secretaries of Planning and Development (P&D), Services and General Administration (S&GA) and other departments.
The chief secretary stressed the need for ensuring transparency in executing the projects within the stipulated time. “Transparency and merit should be the hallmark in
“Transparency and merit should be ensured during the award of contract as well as early completion without compromising on quality and standards'” he stressed.