Islamabad: Minister of State for Water and Power Ch. Abid Sher Ali has directed WAPDA to ensure that the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project starts generating electricity by the end of 2015 in line with the directions of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, says a press release.
He asked WAPDA to expedite construction work on the project, adding that meeting of timelines by the concerned organizations is a key to overcoming the challenge of power outages in the country.
The Minister of State for Water and Power expressed these views during his 2day visit to the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project located in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
He was accompanied by a delegation of Saudi Development Fund and Islamic Development Bank during the visit. Chairman WAPDA Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, Chief Executive Officer of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project Lt. General R Muhammad Zubair, representatives of the consultants and the contractors and other senior officers of WAPDA were also present on the occasion.
During the visit, the Minister of State had a detailed round of the various sites including powerhouse, transformers hall and the weir dam to witness the progress on the project. He also observed the operation of Tunnel Boring Machines deployed at the project.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Water and Power said that energy security figured at the top of the federal government’s agenda, saying that the country’s economic and industrial development suffered a great deal due to energy deficits.
He, however, added that the PMLN’s government is determined to rid the country of the menace of load shedding by 2018. He said that National Power Policy 2013 has all the answers to the raging energy problem as it incorporates short, medium and long term measures to revamp and bolster the country’s power system.
He said that Pakistan’s future lies in low cost hydel power generation as the country possessed an identified potential of about 60,000 MW.