Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday visited under-construction 1230 Megawatt Gas Power Plant at Haveli Bahadur Shah Jhang.
During his visit, the chief minister also met engineers, staff and workers, and he inspected gas turbines.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the project is being forwarded on a fast track and the most modern gas turbines of the world are being installed to provide people with the cheap electricity.
The CM appreciated the hard work and determination of engineers and said,
“The workers are not only performing their duties in a professional manner but rendering a national service and they would be given special prizes after completion of the project”
He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N leadership is determined to eliminating energy crisis from the country as the progress of Pakistan is linked with abundance supply of electricity. “Elimination of energy crisis is among our priorities”, he added.
He said that the project is being set up at a very low cost while it has far more production capacity.
He informed that the first phase of the gas power plant will be completed in summer next year as a result of which, 780 megawatts electricity will be added to national grid reducing two hours of load-shedding.
Talking to the media after the visit, Shehbaz Sharif said that the work is being carried out round the clock for removing ‘darkness’ of 17 years in the country. He said that the NEPRA has also been compelled to reduce tariff rates and due to a low tariff, consumers will get a benefit of billions of rupees.
The previous governments did not complete energy projects, which is tantamount to economic murder of people of Pakistan, he added.
Shehbaz Sharif said that the projects are being completed with high standard, speed and transparency during the tenure of PML-N and load-shedding will be eliminated with the completion of these projects. He also appreciated the performance of Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif, Chief Executive Officer Rashid Langrial and other concerned officials.