Govt working on long-term power projects

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Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar addressing press briefing on electoral reforms in Islamabad on July 28, 2015

ISLAMABAD, Jul 28: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the government is working on long-term power projects keeping in view the future requirements of electricity.
Speaking on resolution regarding electricity pilferage in the Houser, he said these projects are in different stages of implementation. These projects include Diamer-Bhasha, Dasu, nuclear energy projects and projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The Minister said there is about 265 billion rupees Circular Debt at present and the government is working to address this issue permanently on priority basis. He said there will be good news soon in this regard.
Responding to points raised by Shaikh Rashid Ahmad, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told the House that the government is implementing a comprehensive plan to add 10,603 MW electricity to the national grid by the end of 2017.
He said Tarbela-IV Extension is about to complete and after that work on Tarbela-V Extension will be started.
Taking part in the discussion, Shehryar Afridi said strict punishments should be awarded to the elements responsible for pilferage of electricity.
Ghous Bux Mahar and Shaikh Rashid Ahmad highlighted the various issues due to shortage of electricity in the country.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30 morning.

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