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March 23, 2017

30,000MW power to come in system by 2018

Islamabad

March 23, 2017

Islamabad

The Ministry of Water and Power Tuesday informed the Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor that, according to the set targets, the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) would be able to transmit 30,000MW of electricity by the end of 2018 which will help country reduce power crisis and lessen the sufferings of the common man.

The meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC held Tuesday with its Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed in the chair, to assess the overall progress of the CPEC projects from the relevant ministries/departments.

Additional Secretary, Water and Power and MD National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) also gave a comprehensive briefing about the future projects regarding transmission of power to the different parts of the country according to the needs and load of the consumers.

It was told to the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC that it is estimated that around 26,000MW electricity would come in the national grid by the end of December 2017 and around 30,000MW till the end of year 2018. 

The committee was informed that there were 19 power projects under the CPEC with the capacity of 12,114MW. “Under the CPEC, projects of 3,960MW from coal, 2,714MW from Hydro projects, 900MW from solar project and 4,260MW from imported coal and the work on these projects were being done,” it was told to the committee.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed appreciated the senior officers of the different ministries for giving a comprehensive briefing and answers. He also lauded spirit of the people involved in construction of these projects within their time-lines.

He further said that the CPEC project was transformational initiative which would change the destiny of the people of Pakistan and unite the federation of Pakistan through progress, prosperity and connectivity.  Moreover, he said that due to CPEC, Pakistan’s image had improved as an investor-friendly destination and Pakistan today was a pivotal player in bringing about regional cooperation through corridors and connectivity.

The meeting was attended by Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNAs, Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani, Senator Lt Gen (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Talha Mehmood, Senator Shibli Faraz and senior officers of the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Water and Power, NTDC and Nasim Khalid, Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC also attend the meeting.