Federal Minister for Energy (Power Division) Eng. Khurram Dastagir Khan on Thursday inaugurated 220 kilometer Matiari – Thar 500 KV Quad Bundle transmission line completed by National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC) at the cost Rs. 20 billion in the record time of four months on the directives of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
While addressing a press conference before inauguration of the the transmission line here at a local hotel, Federal Minister Khurram Dastagir termed it a revolutionary project, that is totally indigenous and would transmit the cheapest electricity generated from local coal of Thar to all over the country.
He said actually this transmission line has to be completed four years ago but due to the inability of the previous government, it could not have completed.
With the hectic efforts of MD NTDC and his whole team, this project has been completed within four months period as directed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Federal Minister said and added that the NTDC also saved Rs. 1 billion by completing it at the cost of Rs. 20 billion with the help of 5 local companies.
Khurram Dastgir said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the current federal government had started producing 1980 megawatts of new and cheap electricity from Thar coal.
He said that the power generated from Thar coal would be dispatched to the national grid through Matiari-Lahore transmission line which was a part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
He said first time in our history, the high power cables, transformers and the conductors are being made through local companies which saved foreign currency reserves.
The federal minister said that no one could deny that the economic conditions were bad, the inflation was on the rise, but we had to bring the country out of this difficult situation.
He said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and allied parties; Pakistan People’s Party, JUI, MQM and parties of Balochistan and KP were busy trying to get the people of the country out of trouble.
While criticizing the opponents, the federal minister said that he came here on the directions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and want to give a message that if they (opponents) were destroying facilities then we would continue in building these facilities.—APP