Govt to complete Neelum Jhelum project on time: PM
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday reiterated his government's resolve to complete the Neelum Jhelum and many other energy related projects during his term in office to rid the country of darkness.
He was chairing a meeting to review the progress on Neelum Jhelum Hydel Project here at the PM House. The Prime Minister was given detailed briefing on various aspects of the project during the meeting. He asked Secretary Ministry of Water and Power to submit a bi-weekly report on the status of the project to the PM office.
He also directed that all those related to Project management of Neelum-Jhelum must shift to the project site for effective supervision and speedy work to complete the project on time. The Prime Minister said achieving economic stability was directly connected with uninterrupted power supply to the industrial sector of the country and said timely completion of the energy projects, in this regard was necessary.
"Our efforts in the shape of power projects in diverse sources of energy reflect our determination to overcome the issue of power shortage in Pakistan," the Prime Minister said.
He said the Neelum Jhelum was a sick project requiring urgent attention when his government came into power. The project was facing huge liability amounting to Rs 20 billion, while there were even no plans for the transmission lines to link the project to the national grid.
The meeting was also attended by Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Secretary Prime Minister Fawad Hasan Fawad, Secretary Ministry of Water and Power Muhammad Younas Dagh, and senior government officials. Meanwhile, Ex-Provincial Minister and renowned PML-N worker, Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at the PM House on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the matters relating to party and the overall political situation was discussed. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Dr. Asif Kirmani was also present.
The Prime Minister lauded the invaluable services of Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor for the party and said he kept the party flag raised in difficult times. Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor expressed complete confidence in the leadership qualities of Prime Ministerm, Muhammed Nawaz Sharif and said the people of Pakistan were looking towards him.
He said the people of Pakistan were appreciative of the development projects initiated by the Prime Minister since 2013. Renowned journalist and anchor-person Mushtaq Minhas, who joined the PML- N AJK on Tuesday, called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at the PM House on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister while welcoming the joining of Mushtaq Minhas in the PML-N expressed the confidence that his inclusion in the PML-N would help further strengthen and activate the party in District Bagh. Mushtaq Minhas thanked the Prime Minister and assured him that he will utilize all his energies and capabilities to strengthen and mobilize the party not only in District Bagh but in the whole of Azad Kashmir. Mushtaq Minhas further said that the people of AJK have lot of respect for Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and have complete confidence in his leadership. He said the people of AJK will prove their love for the party by giving mandate to PML-N in the upcoming elections.