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PM Sharif visits AJK, reviews progress on Neelum Jhelum power project

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Muzaffarabad: (Parliament Times) Prime Minister (PM) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday visited Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project to review progress of work on the mega hydropower project.

The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan,Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, federal minister for Water and Power Khaja Asif, federal minister for Kashmir Affairs Chudhary Bergis Tahir, State Minister Abid Sher Ali, AJK Ministers and members of the Assembly were also present on the occasion.

Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) while briefing told the PM and his delegates that 92% construction work has been completed on the project, involving extensive tunnels excavation work in one of the hardest terrains. The WAPDA chairman on the occasion said that the first unit of Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project will start electricity generation by the end of February next year while the second unit in mid-March, whereas the third and the fourth unit will be completed in April next year.

The strategically important 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project will mark a major milestone towards its completion, as the excavation of about 68-kilometer long tunnels system of the project will stand completed, when the second Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) deployed on the project will break through the Right Headrace Tunnel. With this significant development, the waterway system of the project will enter the final phase which is scheduled to be completed in seven months. Thereafter, the tunnels will be ready to divert water from Dam site to Power House.

While addressing a ceremony held to mark the completion of tunnels of the strategically important 969 megawatt Neelum Jehlum Hydro Power Project, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan under his government would continue the journey of its speedy progress and prosperity despite the hurdles created by his rivals.

According to Daily Parliament Time’s reporter Altaf Hamid Rao, the PM said that his party (PML-N) will win the next-year general elections with a thumping majority on the basis of its exceptional performance saying that those doing the politics of sit-ins will be exposed. He said the major challenges facing the country are due to non-serious behavior of the previous governments. The Prime Minister of Pakistan said that when the government took over the reins of power the country was facing serious challenges like power load shedding, terrorism. He said the government has addressed all the challenges effectively and now the country has been put back on the path of progress and development.
PM Sharif said the law and order situation in the country has improved and the terrorists who were hell-bent on to destabilize the country were on the run. He said the energy situation has improved and will be further improved by the next year. He said, “There is zero load-shedding for industrial sector”.
The Prime Minister said that Neelam Jhelum project will produce 969 megawatt of electricity. He said the completion of the 68 kilometers tunnel of the project was a gigantic task.
He said that hydel, coal, solar and wind power projects have been started to meet the energy demand of the country. “By the beginning of the next year 10,000 megawatt will be added in the national grid”, the PM said adding that the power projects started by the government will generate more energy as compared to the projects started during the last seventy years. He said the projects started by the government are near to completion and some have been completed. He said several energy projects have also been started under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said the economy of the country has been strengthened and the GDP growth rate of the country will reach seven percent by the end of the tenure of the present government.

He said the international organizations and rating agencies have also recognized the economic progress of the country. Nawaz Sharif said that PML-N believes in the progress and development if the country. He said those leveling baseless allegations should open their eyes so that they can see the development projects started by the government.
Nawaz Sharif said the elements protesting against the power load shedding are actually the originator of this problem. He said the sit-ins have badly affected the development process of the country. He said the CPEC was delayed for eight months due to the sit-ins. He said the politics of those who misled the masses of the country will die its death in the next general elections.

The AJK premier Raja Farooq Haider Khan on the occasion said that some elements were used to criticize the government at all forums. He said they were creating hurdles in the path of progress and development of the country.

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