Nine power projects ready for inauguration

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday called for effective future planning and timely execution of ongoing power generation projects in the country.
Chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy here at the PM House, the Prime Minister said his government would fulfil its commitment to the nation for eliminating load-shedding before the end of its tenure.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the government was determined to eliminate load-shedding from the country and provide cheap electricity to domestic consumers.He said hydropower projects would not only add significant electricity to national grid, but strengthen agriculture and industrial sectors besides creating employment opportunities.
He directed WAPDA to expedite building of water reservoirs, which would be helpful in mitigating flood hazards.
The Premier asked the Chairman WAPDA to expedite the developmental work on ongoing projects.
The Prime Minister said besides ensuring affordable and sufficient electricity for the people, arrangements need to be made for the future power needs of the country in view of increased economic growth and industrial activity.
“Any delay must be analysed and appropriate measures be taken to meet the timelines,” the Prime Minister said.
Chairman WAPDA Lt. General (Retd.) Muzammil Hussain briefed the meeting on the status of 969 MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHPP) and 3478 MW Tarbela-IV Extension.
The Chairman apprised the meeting that during his recent visit to the sites, a mechanism has been finalised to complete the project on schedule.
He said the first unit of NJHPP would be commissioned in February 2018, while remaining units would be functional before the summer of 2018. Briefing the meeting on Tarbela-IV, Chairman WAPDA said that the first unit of Tarbela-IV would be ready for inauguration by the Prime Minister on August 14, 2017.
Appreciating performance of Chairman WAPDA, the Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress on NJHPP as well as Tarbela-IV. The Prime Minister called for ensuring utmost transparency while executing the hydropower projects. Secretary Water and Power briefed the meeting on the benchmarks of the ongoing power projects.