Muzaffarabad (April 13, 2018): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the country could not get progress where the elected prime minister was not respected and unfortunately in Pakistan the PM, who worked for the nation is being dragged to courts and disqualified.
He made these views while inaugurating the first unit of Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectric Project (NJHP) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Friday afternoon.
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“The way of not respecting our leaders should be stopped as the fate of the leaders should be let upon people as people has the right to end the disrespecting leaders through their votes.
He said that the only decision that has the biggest impact is from the public.
PM Abbasi said that the nations always remember those who work, adding that unfortunately it is ‘a different case here as another decision came today’.“The decision, at the end of the day, will be made by the public,” he said, adding that the decision will go to the public before the 2018 elections.
“Those who work we drag them into courts, in countries where is no political stability things suffer,” said the prime minister.
While addressing the inauguration ceremony, the prime minister said that the project is an engineering marvel and the government completed the project overcoming immense challenges.The premier said that he is grateful that the project is up and running now, despite all the obstacles faced.
The prime minister said that for the first time in Pakistan’s history, the energy generation base has been diversified.
The PM said that similar work is being carried out in the wind and solar energy projects.
While speaking about the ongoing ordeal of the people of the Indian occupied Kashmir, PM said that the issue is a challenge for the world conscience.The prime minister reiterated that Pakistan will continue to provide diplomatic, moral and political support to the people of Kashmir.
After the inauguration, the first unit of the hydroproject will generate 242 MW electricity.
The first unit will be followed by the second, third and fourth units at one-month intervals respectively.
The project will provide about five billion low-cost hydel electricity to the national grid every year.Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs 50 billion.
Commenting over the projects he said 5.15 billion units will be generated from the 969MW project.
The Prime Minister said the government successfully overcoming various technical and financial challenges, the project today became a reality.
PM Inaugurates Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Friday inaugurated the much-awaited Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project to inject 969 megawatt of electricity to national grid as a historic milestone to meet country’s growing power needs.
After unveiling the plaque, he made the first unit of the project functional by pressing a button in main control room.
The prime minister was accompanied by his cabinet members including Barjees Tahir, Engineer Khurram Dastgir, Syed Javed Shah, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Chairman of WAPDA.AJK President Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Farooq Haider Khan were also present on the occasion.
The project would generate 5.150 billion units of electricity annually and generate Rs55 billion revenue which will increase in subsequent years.
Completed at cost of around $5 billion, the power project comprises four units with generation capacity of 242.25 MW each.
As first unit has been inaugurated on the day, this will follow the opening of one unit a month to make the project fully operational by mid of current year.Being dubbed as a new wonder of Pakistan, the power project comprises three components including a dam, waterway system involving 52 kilometers long tunnels and an underground power house.
The project will also help save huge money to the national kitty in foreign exchange on import of oil to the extent of hydel generation. It will reduce dependence on thermal power.
Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Company is the executing agency of the project on behalf of WAPDA and the government of Pakistan.
The project is a joint venture of five international and national firms as Neelum Jhelum Consultants including Montgomery Watson Harza (USA), Leading Firm, NORPLAN, Int (Norway), National Engineering Services (NESPAK), Pakistan, Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE), Pakistan and National Development Consultants (NDC), Pakistan.The project was executed by Chinese consortium including China Gezhouba Group Company and China Machinery Engineering Company.
Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is a world class underground facility of immense national importance constructed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Being an environment friendly project, Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project would avoid the annual release of 2.5 million tons of CO2 from equivalent thermal plant.
During the construction, the project created 4,500 jobs besides leading to the socio-economic uplift of the area.An amount of Rs5,237 million have been earmarked to execute the projects for environmental mitigation including girls high school, road, water supply schemes, recreational parks, grid station, basic health unit, bridges, water treatment schemes and water shed management.