BAHAWALPUR – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that commitment of his government to help the people in getting rid of the menace of loadshedding can be judged from the fact that it is working day and night to complete new power projects and reduce the gap between electricity supply and demand.
After inaugurated the first phase of the Quaid-e-Azam solar power project at Bahawalpur, he said that the government was planning to add 21,000mw to the system in the next eight years while 23,000mw electricity has been produced since creation of Pakistan.
Nawaz said that the present government was planning for the next 25 years and Pakistan would not only be able to fulfill its own requirement but also produce surplus electricity. “I do not want to give my nation any false hope, but after seeing the pace of work on power projects, soon the people of Pakistan will observe a considerable reduction in load-shedding,” he said.
Enumerating power projects that are included in the power generation plan, Prime Minister Nawaz said that 1320mw Port Qasim Power Plant was recently inaugurated. About 10 power projects at Gaddani Power Park will add 6,600mw to the system; 10 coal-based power plants in Thar, based on indigenous coal, each of 660mw; 2,640mw projects in Rahimyar Khan, Sahiwal, Jhang and Muzafargarh, will reduce the demand supply gap and enable the government to produce surplus electricity.
The prime minister said that Lahore-Karachi Motorway is also part of the Pak-China Economic Corridor. Prime Minister announced that Karachi Lahore motorway would also connect Bahawalpur. “You also have the right to benefit from the Solar Power Project and other infrastructure development projects in your area,” he said while addressing the people of district Bahawalpur.
Nawaz congratulated the chief minister and his team, officers of the Punjab government and Chinese officials for their hard work that they are putting in for completion of the first phase of this project in merely seven months and initiating the largest solar power project in Pakistan that would be connected to the national grid.
Nawaz also appreciated the work of Punjab police chief for ensuring safety of the project engineers and workers, including Chinese, who are working in remote areas. He also directed to take special and effective measures for the security of Chinese personnel working on the project.