6500 MW electricity will be added to National grid by October 2017

ISLAMABAD: Secretary Water and Power Dr Muhammad Younis Dhaga on Thursday said that 6500 megawatts electricity will be added to the National grid by October this year.  

In an interview with Radio Pakistan, he said that the government will focus on generation of Thar coal and hydle electricity as the electricity generated from fuel is costly.

He said the provision of cheap electricity to all is the vision of Prime Minister under whose leadership the government is taking all measures for generation of electricity through cheaper sources.

Dr Younis Dhaga said in the second phase 9000 megawatts of electricity will be added in the National Grid by March next year after which load shedding will end forever.

He said in these 9000 megawatts only two projects the Sahiwal and Port Qasim are included in CPEC.

He said the work on Neelum Jhelum Projects was also going on expeditiously and the first turbine will begin working in June next year.

The Secretary said the generation capacity of Guddu power project will be increased from 500 to 1500 megawatts.

He said the Prime Minister will lay the foundation of Diamer Bhasha dam in December this year.

He said the dam will be completed at a cost of 14.5 billion dollars for which 95 percent land has been acquired and the remaining will be acquired within next two to four months.