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PM Gilani chairs meeting on power projects in AJK, GB

16 February, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday reviewed progress on hydel power projects in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

During the meeting held at the Prime Minister House, the PM directed that the action plan should be implemented by the relevant ministries, adding that the projects below the capacity of 50MW should be completed on top priority.

The PM directed Secretary, Ministry of Water and Power to get Skardu and Gilgit connected with the national grid, which would smoothen the supply of electricity to a great deal. Chairman Wapda, Shakil Durrani apprised the meeting that the connectivity of Skardu and Gilgit with the national grid would be completed with an estimated foreign funding of $100 million from the French Agency for Development.

Chief Secretary, Gilgit-Baltistan, said that there were 108 projects in Gilgit with 137MW generation capacity and their completion would be effected by 2016 with an estimated cost of Rs137 billion.

The Secretary Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan stated during his presentation that there were seven ongoing projects in AJK which would produce 11MW of electricity and the projects would be completed by the end of this year.

He said that the Federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) included three projects of hydel power generation which would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs9.9 billion by 2016 and would produce 55MW of power.

The Secretary further pointed out that the private sector has taken up two power projects, at Bong (Mirpur) and Pathrand (Muzaffarabad) which would produce 231MW of electricity. He further pointed out that there was very encouraging response from the investors on seven projects and the government was proactively undertaking the projects at the earliest.

Earlier, in his opening statement, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan congratulated the Prime Minister and his leadership on the unanimous passage of the 20th Constitutional Amendment yesterday which would have positive effects on the democratic dispensation of the country. The unanimous enactment of the amendment had indeed raised the status of the politicians in the real sense, he said.

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Reader Comments:

Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan does no work and is always sitting in Islamabad. Why is he so pathetic and is always giving jobs to people who vote for him. He and his ministers do not believe in merit only in nepotism. Very disappointed performace of this Cheif Minister. There is great hope for PPP government but why does Gilani not pick a smart Cheif minister for GB.

Ali Rabbani, Pakistan - 17 February, 2012

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