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Nandipur power project being completed expeditiously: CM Shahbaz

14 February, 2014

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday that the pace of construction work on Nandipur power project is "surprising" and the project which was a symbol of inefficiency, corruption and criminal negligence of former rulers has now been transformed into a "glowing example of commitment and performance" of the present leadership.

Talking to the media after reviewing construction work on Nandipur power project in Gujranwala, he said that due to delay in the execution of the project by the former government, people have been robbed of their hard-earned money and now an additional expenditure of Rs 27 billion is being incurred on the project.

He said that the first turbine of Nandipur power project will start generating electricity from May 2014.

Project Director Capt (r) Mehmood Ahmad and Plant Manager of Dang Fang Corporation Limited China Chen You Ping gave a briefing on the project.

The chief minister said that Nandipur power project gives a message how living nations achieve the impossible through commitment and steadfastness. He said that this project is a living example of the spirit of national reconstruction of the Pakistani nation.

Shahbaz Sharif said that during his visit to China he was informed by Chinese authorities how the previous government had kept this project pending for three years and caused a huge economic loss to Pakistan while the nation also suffered due to load shedding.

He said that machinery of the project kept lying at Karachi port due to which the material got rusted while precious equipment was also stolen. He said that purchase of 83,000 parts is now being made again; however best efforts are being made to minimise the expenses.

Expressing his pleasure on the pace of execution of the project, the chief minister said that when he came to this place three months ago it was vacant but now a number of installations of the plants have been constructed and it seems that the workers engaged in the project are working with a missionary spirit and striving to rid the people of the scourge of load shedding as early as possible.

He said that police, civil administration, Chinese and Pakistani engineers and the workers deserve all appreciation and credit for their efforts.

The CM expressed hope that the shortfall of electricity will considerably reduce during the tenure of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government as work is being carried out on emergent basis on several energy projects. He said that first solar power plant of the country will be inaugurated next month in Bahawalpur and 100 megawatts of electricity will be added to the national grid with the completion of the project.

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