Govt to complete Neelum Jhelum project on time: PM


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister 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.

Sharif 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.