PROJECT NAME

UP-GRADATION OF ARID ZONE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (AZRI) D.I. KHAN TO THE LEVEL OF ARID ZONE RESEARCH CENTRE (AZRC) AND ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW ADAPTIVE RESEARCH CUM DEMONSTRATION INSTITUTE AT WANA, SW, MIRANSHAH, NW, TANK AND MATORA LAKKI MARWAT, KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA

PROJECT DIRECTOR NAME

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LOCATION

Arid Zone Research Centre (AZRC) D.I. Khan

SPONSORING AGENCY

Ministry of National Food Security & Research (MNFS&R), Islamabad Govt. of Pakistan

EXECUTING AGENCY

Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad

ORIGINAL COST

Rs. 455.493 Million

REVISED COST

Rs. 691.564 Million

SCOPE

OVERALL OBJECTIVE:

  • To expand the research scope of Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) D.I. Khan to the remote and less developed areas of Federally
  • Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) and Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for improved agricultural productivity and reduced poverty.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:

  • To strengthen existing agricultural research infrastructure and technical manpower.
  • To establish field research facilities in the less developed areas of FATA and Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for improved agricultural productivity and reduced poverty.
  • To identify and address researchable issues of the arid, semi-arid &barani areas and undertake research for their solution.
AZRC, DIKhan

  • Construction of Office cum laboratory building completed
  • Installation of Tube-well completed with Pump & Motor.
  • Construction of Green Glass house completed.
  • Construction of Storage Sheds & Implement sheds completed.
  • Construction of Screen Houses completed.
  • Installation of Electricity at AZRC, DIKhan is completed.
  • Lining of watercourses completed.
  • Construction of Residential colony and guest house completed.
  • Construction of boundary wall at AZRC, DIK completed.

ARDI, Tank

  • Construction of offices / Residential colony almost completed. ‚óŹConstructions of boundary wall completed.
  • Installation of Tube-well completed with Pump, Motor etc
  • Installation of Electricity completed.
  • Construction of Storage Sheds & Implement sheds completed.
  • Construction of Screen House completed.

ARDI, Matora (LakkiMarwat)

  • Construction of Offices / Residential colony in progress.
  • Constructions of Boundary wall completed.
  • Installation of Tube-well completed with pump, motor etc.
  • Installation of Electricity completed.
  • Construction of Storage Sheds & Implement sheds completed.
  • Construction of Screen house completed.

ARDI, Wana (SW)

  • Construction of Offices / Residential colony work completed.
  • Constructions of Boundary wall completed.
  • Construction of Storage, Implement & Parking sheds completed.
  • Construction of Screen house completed.
  • Drilling & Installation of Tube-well at completion stage.
  • Installation of Electricity Installed.

ARDI, Miranshah (NW)

  • Construction of Offices / Residential colony work completed.
  • Constructions of Boundary wall completed.
  • Construction of Storage, Implement & Parking sheds completed.
  • Construction of Screen house completed.
  • Drilling & Installation of Tube-well at completed.
The project envisages the development of agriculture in the area on modern scientific lines and is fully justified in financial and economic terms. It is expected to achieve an even greater rate of return than what has been referred on the investment to be made on agricultural research through this project. 128 skilled and unskilled employment will be generated through this project.

PROJECT DETAILS

Date of approval with Forum
Original date Revised Date, if any All subsequent Revisions if any
CDWP (11-04-2014) 17-10-2018 N/A
Financial Arrangement Federal (PSDP Funded)
Donor (if any)along with a share of foreign aid in the cost N/A
Actual Date of Commencement 21-01-2015
Completion Date (as per PC-I) June 2017
Revised June 2020.
Likely Completion Date December 2020
Reason of Time and Cost Overrun
  • The project was approved by the CDWP in its meeting held on April 11, 2014 and its Authorization & Administrative approval was issued by Ministry of National Food Security & Research in January, 2015. As per PC-I and its approval date, the financial year 2014-15 was the first year of the project.
  • Delay in appointment of staff. The case was initiated on 19-02-2015 and it was anticipated that appointment will be carried out well in time. Delay in appointments had hampered the work plan of the project and also caused surrender of funds.
  • Delay in procurement of vehicles due to ban imposed by the federal government.
  • Procedural delay of Construction of Building tender. The case of Architectural drawings of the office building at AZRC, D.I.Khan& other Institutes were initiated for seeking approval of the PP&H Section, M/o Planning on 03-11-2015. However, the approval from the PP&H Section, M/o Planning has been received to the Ministry of NFSR on 25-02-2016.
  • No access to one of the project sites i.e Miranshah because of security agencies operation.
Specific decision/ recommendation made during previous quarterly reviews of PSDP 2019-20 NIL
PMES system updated on (please specify date) 13.01.2021
Financial progress
a) Expenditure up to June 2020 416.751
b) %age Financial progress to-Date 66.39%
Physical completion (in %age terms) 85%
Allocation 2020-21 Rupee Foreign loan(if any)
95.000 Nil
Releases 2020-21 Rupee Foreign Loan(if any)
95.000 Nil
Expenditure/Utilization 2020-21 (July-Sept 2020) Rupee Foreign loan(if any)
42.396 Nil
Bottlenecks/Issues impeding progress on the project (if any)
  • The project was approved by the CDWP costing Rs. 455.493 million for a period of three (03) years in its meeting held on April 11, 2014, and its Authorization & Administrative approval was issued by the Ministry of National Food Security & Research in January 2015 and 1st release was made in May 2015. As per PC-I and its approval date, the financial year 2014-15 comprising two months was the first year of the project.
  • Procedural delay in appointment of project staff. After implementation of the project by more than a year, The appointment at D.I.Khan components were finalized in July 2016 despite the case initiated in August 2015. Appointments for other stations are still in process, though the case was initiated in April 2016.
  • Ban imposed on the purchase of vehicles (Due to ban imposed on the purchase of vehicles by the M/O finance, Rs. 6.5 million kept for the said purpose also remained unutilized. (Cases to concerned quarters were sent well before time). However, no progress has yet been received. If no such NOC is issued then will result in the lapse of Rs. 21.0 million as per PC-I.
  • Procedural delay of Construction of Building, approval of Architectural drawings from PP&H, M/O Planning Commission, construction of the office buildings, tender process and file work slow down the process, etc.
  • Security risk areas especiallyWana&Miranshshah difficult movement for staff remains the main bottleneck of the slow progress.
Latest implementation status of the decision/recommendation NIL