ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – The Senate has been informed that tender for first phase of the western route under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be opened on Monday next.

Replying to questions, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that funds have been allocated for the western route.

To another question, he said CPEC transport sector projects are covered in Transport Monographic Study and Orange Line is not included in the study.

He pointed out that agreement on Orange Line Project was signed on the occasion of Chinese President’s visit to Pakistan. He said this project is totally financed by the Punjab Government and they have made all the arrangements for its financing.

He clarified that no federal government resources are involved in the project.

To a question, he said 147 projects costing Rs2114 billion have been approved by the present government that are being financed under PSDP of current financial year. These projects are relate to energy, water, transport, communication and physical planning and housing sectors.