SAHIWAL – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the government is giving top priority to overcome the electricity shortage and 21000 MW of electricity will be added to the national grid in the next seven to eight years.
He was addressing a ceremony after laying foundation stone of two coal based power plants of 660 each in Sahiwal on Friday. He said we inherited the electricity shortage amongst many other challenges but now the government is working day and night to overcome them.
Nawaz Sharif said foundation stone of two coal power projects of 660 megawatt each have recently been laid in Port Qasim. Nandi Pur power project will be inaugurated tomorrow.He said Rs 35 billion have been allocated in the next budget for Diamer-Bhasha dam.
He said the generation capacity at present is 23000MW but the actual generation of electricity is only 13000MW. Appreciating the Chinese assistance in different projects, Nawaz Sharif said both the countries have agreed to construct Pakistan-China Economic corridor which will prove a game changer for both the countries.
It will envisage construction of highway from Kashgar to Gwadar which is almost about two thousand seven hundred kilometers. It would pass through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and enter Islamabad through a tunnel. Special economic zones will be built along this corridor. He said the Economic Corridor also envisages improvement in Railway system and construction of Lahore-Karachi motorways.
He said Rs 55 billion have been allocated for acquisition of land for this section of the motorway. He said that Karachi-Lahore motorway would pass through Sahiwal. He said these projects would not only increase power generation and improve infrastructure but would also increase job opportunities.
He praised thepeople of Sahiwal who had always given heavy mandate to PML-N and said the Power project is a gift of the government to them. He was confident that the project would be completed by 2016. He lauded the role of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for his untiring efforts to overcome the energy crisis. He said Shahbaz Sharif motivated the foreign investors for investment in Pakistan.
He also thanked the Chinese companies for their untiring efforts to help Pakistan overcome the energy crisis. Nawaz Sharif said development of Gwadar and Gwadar port will also be undertaken by the government. A modern airport will also be established at Gwadar.
Addressing the ceremony, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the agreements have been signed with China for generation of twenty thousand megawatt of electricity in the next seven years. He said more power plants will be installed in the province to meet the energy shortfall to steer it out of darkness.