PM orders committee to probe into ‘irregularities’ in purchase of land for Diamer-Bhasha project

22 May, 2015 8:34 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered to form a parliamentary committee to inquire into alleged irregularities in the purchase of land for Diamer-Bhasha project.

He was presiding over the 14th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy at PM House on Friday.

The meeting was given a detailed presentation on load management and recoveries by Secretary Water & Power Muhammad Younus Dagha.

The meeting was informed that this year average load shedding has been at six hours in urban areas, and eight hours in rural hours, with the exception of those areas where recoveries are too less. On industrial feeders, average load-shedding this year has been four hours.

The prime minister directed that tangible steps should be taken to control power theft, while speeding up recoveries.

The prime minister directed the ministries concerned to look into the possibility of increased supply of gas to Guddu Power Plants that would add more than 700MW of electricity by October this year.

The meeting was also informed about installation of subsidized tube-wells in Balochistan.

The Secretary Water and Power also briefed the meeting on access to solar power in rural Balochistan.

Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi briefed the meeting on the progress on LNG based power plants.

The prime minister gave approval of converting power plants running on diesel and furnace oil to LNG.

The WAPDA chairman updated the meeting on matters related to Diamer-Bhasha hydel power generation project.

The prime minister directed that acquisition of land for Diamer-Bhasha dam should be done by the end of July this year to start this project of immense national importance.

The prime minister asked the WAPDA chairman to present complete project proposal with timelines in the next meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif; Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif; MOS for Petroleum Jam Kamal Khan and Secretary Cabinet Raja Hassan Abbas, Advisor to PM on National Security Sartaj Aziz, SAPM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Secretary Finance Dr Waqar Masood; Secretary Petroleum Arshad Mirza, Secretary Water & Power Muhammad Younus Dagha, Secretary Information Ch. Muhammad Azam, Chief Secretary GB Tahir Hussain and WAPDA Chairman Zafar Mahmood.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a meeting of the parliamentary leaders to remove reservations about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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