Pakistan

Government must fulfil pledge to end load-shedding, says PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the government was determined to eliminate load-shedding from the country and provide cheap electricity to domestic consumers.

Chairing a high-level federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad, the prime minister reiterated that soon there would be no load-shedding in the country and targeted 2018 as the year to get closer to the must-achieved goal.

Talking to Chairman WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority) Lieutenant General (Retired) Muzammil Hussain at his official residence in the federal capital, the prime minister said the generation of clean electricity and water storage would enable the country to fulfil its water requirements.


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He said the ongoing mega hydropower projects would not only add significant electricity to the national grid but also strengthen agriculture and industrial sectors besides creating employment opportunities.

He directed WAPDA to expedite the building of water reservoirs, which would be helpful in mitigating flood hazards.

The prime minister also asked the Chairman WAPDA to fast track the developmental work on ongoing projects.

The Chairman WAPDA briefed the Prime Minister about the progress of various ongoing hydropower projects in the country and assured their completion within the set timeframe.

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