GUJRANWALA – The much awaited electric power generation facility – Nandipur Power Project – has finally started pouring electricity in national grid as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurates the first phase.
Nawaz Sharif accompanied Chief Minister of Punjab, other dignitaries and Chinese officials inaugurated the first phase of project on Saturday morning which now contribute 95 MW electricity to the national grid.
At this occasion, CM Shahbaz Sharif reminded the audience that how the previous government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) kept the machinery of the project at Karachi’s port only due to their greed. “Let me remind you the tale due to which our government had to pay additional Rs 30 billion for this project. The previous government could have eased the loadshedding situation but they chose not to due to their greed,” he added.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the project Mohammad Mehmood, in a media briefing, said that the first stage of the power plant was completed in a record time of seven months. He further said that the deadline for its completion was December 2013.
He said the power plant was supposed to be completed in 2011 but its development work was stopped due to the refusal by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government.
“The Rs. 23 billion power plant will now be completed with the cost of Rs. 59 billion. The financial loss of the project is Rs. 165 billion”, Mehmood said.