Pakistan News Service

Sunday Nov 23, 2014, Muharram 30, 1436 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Top -> News Details

Nawaz, Zardari lay foundation stone of Thar Coal Power Project

01 February, 2014

  Related News  
PTI seeks control of power generation too: Shireen
NEPRA announces Rs 35bn relief for consumers
  Related Articles  
The Solar Power Park
By Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Strategy for ending energy crisis
By Malik Muhammad Ashraf
  More on this View All
  Related News Poll

THAR: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari Friday jointly performed ground-breaking of the $1.6 billion Thar Coal power project to help the country meet its energy needs.

The project will initially provide 660MW of power for the country's energy starved industrial units. It will be completed in 2017 and help spur economic development and bring energy security to the country. The two leaders of PML-N and PPP performed the ground-breaking of the project that will be carried out by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) - a joint venture between Engro Powergen and the government of Sindh.

In his address Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the launch of the project along with Asif Ali Zardari had sent a message across that the political leadership should be united when it comes to the development of the country. He said this political trend must be set in Pakistan now and the leaders need to think about the country first regardless of their differences. He thanked Zardari for inviting him to the ground-breaking of the Thar Coal project and said it was a matter of satisfaction that "we all are together and have the same priorities".

"Anyone who believes in the development of Pakistan would be pleased that the country's political leadership is together on this national event." He said all political parties need to accept the mandate of the people. He appreciated Zardari for open-heartedly accepting the success of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government in the 2013 general election, as his party did in 2008 elections for Pakistan Peoples Party.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed the Thar Coal project a big national development project and suggested that the coal for all projects in Gaddani should be supplied from Thar. He said the government was working on several power generation projects including hydel and nuclear generation. He said the recently launched nuclear power project in Karachi would generate 2,200MW, while the Dasu, Diamer and Bunji dams on Indus River would generate 15,000MW electricity.

He said the Thar Coal project would eventually produce 6600 MW of power. The prime minister said three power projects would be completed in 2017, including Jhimpir Wind Power project in Thatta, CASA 1000 and Tarbela Dam upgradation. He said efforts were afoot to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) and pledged that in one and a half year the problem of gas shortage in the country would be addressed. He said the project will usher in an era of prosperity and development for the people of Tharparkar.

He also seconded the suggestion of Zardari of setting up an industrial park in Thar that would generate employment for the people. He said the federal government will contribute in its development. "The progress of any province is the prosperity of entire Pakistan," he added. Referring to Youth Business Loan Scheme, the prime minister said quota on the basis of population of the province would be ensured and there would be no discrimination with any province.

End.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Imran - Qadri long march
Artilce 6 and Musharraf Trail
  Quick Vote Show Results
Question: "In view of the current situation do you think Talks with Taliban should take place only within the ambit of Article 4 of Objectives Resolution that defines our Common Purpose i.e. PM/ President down to all Pakistanis to work till we achieve the rights of Democracy, Freedom, Tolerance and Social Justice for all Pakistanis:"
Yes
No
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
LHC tells Sharif family to pay Rs 3.5bn mark-up on loan
Osama's killer comes forward to reveal his name
Suggested Sites