Minister: (40,000 MW capacity power projects to be set up: Kh Asif)

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said that a power projects with an aggregate capacity of 40, 000 megawatts would be set up in the country during the next five to ten years.

Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday afternoon, he said of these only 12 percent projects would be established in Punjab and rest in other provinces. He said projects worth 10250 megawatt would be set up in Sindh, 9410 MW in KPK, 2720 MW in Balochistan, 5000 MW in Punjab, 11917 MW in Gilgit Baltistan and 4,000 MW in Azad Kashmir.

He said as for energy projects under China-Pakistan Energy Corridor are concerned, only 25 percent projects would be in Punjab despite the fact that its population is 60 percent of the total population of the country.

The minister said most of the hydel projects are being implemented in KPK because of availability of water there. As against this, coal based projects are being executed in Karachi, Gwadar, Port Qasim and Sahiwal in Punjab. The Minister said load-shedding has decreased this year as compared to last year as the Government added 2000 MW to the system.

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