MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf on Monday reiterating the mantra of tackling the power crisis said that Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project will not only generate cheap electricity but will help overcome the power crisis.
Addressing a ceremony marking launching of tunnel boring machine at the project Prime Minister said the country is facing numerous problems due to power shortage but the government is determined to overcome these issues in minimum possible time.
He underlined that completion of Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project will help overcoming electricity load-shedding in the country.
The Prime Minister said this project will generate cheap energy which will also lead reducing power tariff for the consumers. He said that due to expensive electricity government is providing 209 billion rupees as subsidy on power.
He said the difference in demand and supply of the electricity is due to the negligences of the past. PM underlined that for past 10 years before the PPP government came into power not a single power project was initiated.
In the past attention was paid to thermal projects, which is an expensive way to generate electricity. We are focussing on hydal electricity and have launched Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project, which will produce cheap electricity.
He said that no one should politicise this issue.
Earlier‚ Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Neelum-Jhelum hydro power project in Azad Kashmir on Monday and inaugurated the tunnel boring machine imported from Germany.
Later Prime Minister was briefed about the project. He was informed that with the help of the modern tunnel boring machines the project will be completed 18 months ahead of the schedule. Pakistan has become one of those countries which have this latest tunnel boring machines.
Federal ministers Qamar Zaman Kaira‚ Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar‚ Manzoor Wattoo and AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed are accompanied the Prime Minister during his visit to the project.