Govt making concerted efforts to enhance hydel, thermal power generation: Senate told

Islamabad –– The government is making concerted efforts to enhance hydel and thermal power generation to overcome electricity load-shedding at the earliest.

Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar in a written reply informed the Senate Friday that a number of thermal power projects have been completed during the last three years which have added 2009 megawatts electricity in the national grid. He said work is also underway to add further 1966 megawatts of electricity through public private partnership by the end of this year.

The Minister said through these projects 1541 megawatts electricity will also be added in the national grid during the next three years. He said work is underway on eleven mega hydel power projects in various parts of the country under long-term strategy and all of these projects are expected to complete by 2017. He said these projects on completion will generate over 8000 megawatts electricity. He said besides new projects, work is underway for preparing feasibility to expand Tarbela Dam Hydel Power Project.

Syed Naveed Qamar said India has completed 30 hydro-electric power projects since 1960 on Pakistani Rivers of Indus, Jhelum and Chenab. These projects have been completed under Indus Basin Treaty on the basis of run of river.

The Minister informed the Senate that federal government has provided special funds to complete 31 irrigation and water projects in Sindh province to ensure improved water supply for irrigation and drinking purpose.

Minister for Investment informed the House that Pakistan received foreign direct investment of over ten billion dollars during the last three years. He said Board of Investment extended facilities to eight joint ventures to establish their business in Pakistan during this period. The joint ventures have been launched in construction, telecom, fertilizer, trade, infrastructure development, drug manufacturing and solar energy.

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