LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that commissioning of the first turbine of Nandipur Power Project in a record period of seven months is a golden story of commitment and determination. He expressed the resolve that under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the country would soon be rid of power outages.
According to a handout, the chief minister was addressing the inauguration ceremony of first turbine of Nandipur Power Project near Gujranwala on Saturday.
The chief minister said that today was a golden day in the history of Pakistan. Criticising the criminal negligence of former rulers with regard to Nandipur Power Project, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that they made the lives of the people miserable because of their greed. He said that the machinery of the plant was left to rot at Karachi Port for three years during which period an irreparable loss was caused to the economy.
Had this project been completed three years ago, the chief minister said, the country would not have faced economic loss of Rs 165 billion. Also, he added, the nation would have not to spend an additional amount of Rs 30 billion on getting this project revived.
He praised the dedication and commitment of entire team of the Nandipur Power Project consisting of Chinese and Pakistani experts and said that they worked round the clock to complete this project expeditiously.
He said that the Chinese construction company had promised to make the first turbine functional by November 2014 but its officials were surprised to see the pace of work under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif because of which commissioning of the first turbine was taking place today.
He thanked the Chinese president, prime minister and officials of the construction company, Dongfong. He also thanked Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Water and Power Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah and Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, chief secretary, Project Director Capt (r) Mahmood, Gujranwala commissioner, district coordination officer and other officials and said that the entire team deserved highest appreciation.
The chief minister recommended award of commendatory medal, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, to Capt (r) Mahmood for his meritorious service.
Turkish police team calls on CM: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that a dolphin unit will be established in the Punjab Police on the pattern of dolphin unit of Turkish police in order to eradicate street crimes.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while talking to a delegation of the National Police of Turkey led by Dr Mustafa Ozguler that called on him on Saturday.
Matters relating to cooperation between police departments of two countries were discussed during the meeting.
Provincial Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, inspector general of police, home secretary, Punjab Information Technology Board chairman and other officials were present.
The chief minister said that cooperation of the Turkish police in setting up of dolphin unit and imparting training to Punjab Police personnel deployed in the dolphin unit was a welcome step. He said that every dolphin unit team would consist of four police personnel and that this unit would become operational by the end of 2014.
Chief Minister Shahbaz also said that the Integrated Command and Control Centre Project in Lahore on the pattern of Command and Control Centre of Istanbul would also be completed during the current year.
He thanked the Turkish government, leadership and police for extending cooperation in various projects in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab Province.
Dr Ozguler said that they were pleased to work with Chief Minister Shahbaz and his team.
He assured that maximum cooperation would be extended to the Punjab government to improve local policing.
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