Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Only KPK achieves NFC target (first time)

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What is Right to Services (RTS) and Right to Information (RTI)

Link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151908402269527&set=vb.151626539526&type=2&theater

New City Abbottabad

  • KPK Govt annouced to build 2 mega city projects of European standard. One is planned for Abbottabad at Damtor.
  • RFP for Damtor can be found here.
  • RFP opening date: 12 Jan, 2014 at 11.00 am in the office of secretary housing KPK (no news yet as on 18 June, 2014)

KPK Education City – NUST, Bahria + Korea, Japan show interest

PESHAWAR: Around 20 international universities have expressed an interest in opening up campuses at ‘Education City’ in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

The proposed hub will accommodate campuses of national and international universities to provide Pakistani students the opportunity to obtain foreign degrees at home, stated officials of the provincial higher education department.

The K-P government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the British Council to start the project at the earliest, the officials told The Express Tribune on Friday. The site has been selected and land acquired.

Around 30,000 kanals of land in Jehangira will be used to build the education city. The project will be adjacent to the proposed Mega City near the Swabi Interchange on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway.

“We have briefed Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak and other relevant officials on the project, and they termed it a new beginning for the province’s education sector,” shared an education department official.

On Saturday, K-P Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser told journalists at a news conference that the British Council will help the province liaise with 20 international universities to help set up their campuses. Qaisar claimed Saudi Arabia, Japan and South Korea have shown initial interest in the project.

When contacted, Special Assistant to the CM on Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani said the National University of Sciences and Technology, and Bahria University – among other national universities – have agreed to open campuses in Education City.

Students spend millions studying abroad, with Education City they will be able to get the same education at home at an affordable cost, claimed Ghani.

According to CM spokesperson Shiraz Paracha, Education City will not only provide educational opportunities, it will boost the economic condition of K-P by attracting investment, generating jobs and reducing unemployment in the province.

Govt plans to have Independent Monitoring Units (IMU)

MTS Feasibility Study – Mono-Rail/Sky-Train + Bust Rapid Transit (BRT)

  • MTS = Mass Transit System
  • CDIA = Cities Development Initiative for Asia (Private Partner)
  • ADB = Asian Development Bank (Private financer)
  • MTS = Mono Rail or Sky-Train (in congested areas of the city) + Bust Rapid Transit (BRT)
  • Peter Turner (Australian feasibility study expert) started study for Peshawar MTS (October 22, 2013)
  • Peshawar MTS financed by Public-Private Partnership and donors’ initiative
  • KPK Govt allocation in 2013-14 budget = Rs500 million (Rs37.250 million will be used for feasibility study)
  • KPK Govt has purposefully delayed all new projects of road extension, flyovers, underpasses and overhead pedestrian bridges till the Detailed Engineering Design (DED) of the MTS because MTS might cut through many of these projects, which again would have to be redone hence resulting in wastage of resources and time.
  • source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-218240-Peshawar-mega-projects-delayed-till-mass-transit-feasibility-completion
  • Same news in Daily Mashriq: http://dailymashriq.com.pk/uploads/attachments/1388723014_Graphic1.gif

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