ISLAMABAD: Islamic Republic of Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has inaugurated the primary unit of a key hydropower mega project engineered with the monetary and technical support of China in Unoccupied Kashmir.
The 969 MW Neelum Jehlum Hydropower Project close to Muzaffarabad was announced over 12 years ago however work on that lingered on till ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif vowed in 2013 to make it before the end of five-year tenure of his government.
Though Sharif stepped down last year once disqualification by the Supreme Court his political leader and successor, Abbasi, yesterday lauded his vision and efforts for the project.
“Only ten per cent work was done once former prime minister (Sharif) decided to finish it. If we’ve succeeded it’s thanks to his vision and efforts,” Abbasi same.
As the project was delayed, the price climbed to $5 billion, a three-fold increase to the initial estimates, Abbasi aforementioned, adding the project would be absolutely operational before the end of this year.
Abbasi thanked China for support and additionally paid tribute to twenty one staff who died while performing on the project.
Abbasi additional aforementioned that government added about 10,400 MW power into the system in 5 years and addressed the chronic power shortage.
Unoccupied Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider addressing on the occasion demanded that 250 MW of electricity from project ought to be dedicated to unoccupied Kashmir to finish energy crisis.
Earlier, chief of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), Muzammil Hussain, same the NJHPP was formed some 3 decades ago however the work was started only once it became evident that india was going to build Kishanganga project.