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Under the Pak-China collaboration, a 100-acre experimental chilli project has been completed

Under the Pak-China collaboration, a 100-acre experimental chilli project has been completed

Islamabad: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority Chairman Lt Gen (r) Asim Saleem Bajwa on Sunday said the pilot project of Chilli farms in the country had been completed with cooperation of the Chinese agricultural experts.

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Asim said this project would also help boosting exports of spices from the country.
He said this project would enhance yield, improve seed quality, skill development, farm labour, and processing.

According to official sources the project chili farming is expected to produce more than 8,000 tons of dried chilies with a net income of more than 100,000 rupees per acre for local farmers.

The sources added that in the first phase of Chili Contract Farming Project, China-Pakistan Agricultural Cooperation Pilot Zone is to be set up in five years, while in its Phase II, it is expected to grow 30,000 acres of chilli and build pigment extracting plant, with an industrial output value of US $ 200 million.

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While in the third phase, a China-Pakistan food industrial park would be established in 5 to 10 years, to promote the condiment industry in both countries.

As per agricultural cooperation under the mega project of CPEC, a plan of 20 projects is being implemented to modernize the agriculture sector in Pakistan, including new seeds to increase the crop yield, upgrading of irrigation system, promotion of agri-based industry for value addition and setting up global chain network.

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Biometric verification for vehicle transfer mandatory from July 1

Biometric verification for vehicle transfer mandatory from July 1

Rawalpindi: The Excise and Taxation Department will make biometric verification mandatory for the transfer of vehicles from July 1.

According to a spokesman, buyers and sellers would have to appear at the taxation office to get their vehicles transferred.

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To a question, he said the biometric verification system would help eliminate the tout mafia involved in preparing fake registration documents as the buyers and sellers would have to appear physically at the excise office to get their vehicles registered or transferred.

The fingerprints of owners shall be verified in real time from the online database of Nadra.

According to Assistance Excise and Taxation Officer Rawalpindi Sohail Shahzad, on the special directive of the Punjab government the department had announced the policy to facilitate vehicle owners and property tax payers.

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They can pay their property and vehicle token tax through e-pay online service to avoid hassle in the offices, he added.

He said on the directives of Director Excise and Taxation and Motor Registration Authority Rawalpindi, steps were taken to facilitate the citizens who wanted to pay taxes.

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CDA issues directives for early completion of Rawal Dam Chowk Interchange

CDA issues directives for early completion of Rawal Dam Chowk Interchange

Islamabad: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Amir Ali Ahmed on Saturday ordered the contractor to complete Rawal Dam Chowk Interchange by October instead of December, according to news sources.

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The CDA Chairman conducted an inspection visit to the project’s construction site. The Chairman was informed during his visit that the Rawal Dam Chowk Interchange consists of one underpass, an overhead bridge, numerous slip roads, and an underpass linking Margalla Town.

However, after speaking with the director, Chairman Amir Ali instructed the contractor to expedite the construction work by employing more manpower and machinery.

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In order to complete the project on time, the contractor must focus on slip roads.

Work on the PKR 1.1 billion project officially begin in October, 2020 while it was inaugurated in July, 2020. At the intersection of Murree Road, Park Road, and Club Road, the Rawal Dam Chowk Interchange will be built.

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CDA may award 7th Avenue Interchange contract to FWO

CDA may award 7th Avenue Interchange contract to FWO

Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) may award 7th Avenue Interchange contract to Frontier Work Organization (FWO) as the deadline for opening bids submitted by four private companies expired on Friday.

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A few months ago, CDA had received bids from construction firms to award contract of the interchange project worth Rs1.5 billion. However, the 120-days deadline for opening bids has expired.

According to CDA’s plan, the interchange will be cloverleaf with four left and right loops at the junction of 7th Avenue, Srinagar Highway, Khayaban-i- Suharwardi and Garden Avenue. There will be an underpass to link both portions of Khayaban-i-Suharwardi, said the CDA officials.

The officer said that CDA after getting input from Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) will move a summary to federal government for allowing the civic agency to award the contract to the FWO.

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Conceived in 2008, the project was placed before CDA’s Development Working Party (DWP) several times for approval of PC-1 but every time it faced objections. However, in DWP meeting held in October last year the PC-1 was approved.

On the other hand, in the absence of an interchange motorists face traffic congestion due to the prolonged traffic signals, particularly during rush hours.

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CDA to hold development working party meeting on June 29

CDA to hold development working party meeting on June 29

Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) 52nd Development Working Party meeting is called on 29th June 2021, news sources reported. The meeting will take place at the CDA headquarters to go over the capital city’s historic billion-rupee mega development projects.

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A list of the projects that are expected to be reviewed in the meeting are as follows:

  • A rain harvesting project worth PKR 57 million, scheduled to be completed in two years
  • PKR 4 billion for the construction of parking plazas in various areas of Islamabad to address the parking problems
  • A PKR 186 million CDA hospital with 100 beds
  • A one-year bridge development project on the Kiyani Road in Bhara Kahu worth PKR 185 million rupees to solve traffic issues.
  • A 1.5-year project of PKR 1,168 million for the development of Sector D 12
  • A 1.5-year, PKR 1,705 million project to make the 9th Avenue Shaheen Chowk signal free
  • A 1.5-year project worth PKR 1,472 million to make the E 11 Chowk signal free.

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  • A one-year project worth PKR 1.422 million for establishing district courts in Sector G-11
  • A two-year project worth PKR 1800 million to build a “Litigation Facilitation Center for Litigants and Lawyers.”
  • A three-year, PKR 3500 million initiative to beautify and maintain the Margla Hills National Park.

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