ISLAMABAD - The government has approved 47 development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs 50.1 billion, which would be completed during the next three to eight years. Central Development Working Party, headed by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission M Salman Faruqui, approved these projects here Saturday. Some of the schemes would cost over Rs 500m, which have been recommended to Executive Committee of National Economic Council, chaired by Prime Minister, for final consideration. Of the approved ventures, 25 are in infrastructure sector, 18 in social sector, and four schemes are stretched in various sectors. Dr Asif Sheikh, the Public Sector Development Programme Specialist and Spokesman of the Planning Commission, said the CDWP dropped two projects of Chashma Nuclear Power Plant of 600 MW as these were not matured for the approval. In the Water Sector, PC-II has been approved to undertake detailed engineering design and tender documents of Munda Dam project, which will generate 748 MW electricity and irrigate 23,000 acres of land. The CDWP revised 18 those projects whose cost swelled over the period due to various reasons. Out of these, ten projects are in the education sector, related to construction of cadet colleges particularly in Balochistan. Dr Sheikh said Lyari Expressway Resettlement project's cost increased by Rs 3 billion due to expanding scope of the project. The government initially allocated Rs 5 billion for resettlement of the displaced people. He said that under the scheme the government would provide 80 yards plot and Rs 50,000 in cash to about 32,000 affected families in Karachi. In the communication and transportation sector, 18 projects were sanctioned. Dr Asif Sheikh said the CDWP accorded extension in M-4 Motorway from Shamkot to Multan. It would cost about Rs 3 billion to the national kitty. Taking a step forward towards Public-Private Partnership mode, the CDWP authorised Infrastructure Project Development Facility to invite Expression of Interest from the private parties to finance Hasanabdal-Havailian- Mansehra Expressway. Dr Sheikh said the total cost of the project would be Rs 10 billion. The government also approved Rs 2.5 billion Chanab Bridge.    In the education sector, a new college of home economics and management sciences will be established at Islamabad. Similarly, a project has been approved for the development of university faculty. The CDWP also conceptually approved the upgradation of training equipment of Pakistan Marine Academy project.