Govt promoting renewable energy sources for sustainable economic development: Khurram Dastgir


Federal Minister for Power, Khurram Dastgir Khan here Monday said the federal government was promoting renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources for sustainable economic development and prosperity of people.
He said all renewable energy sources including wind, hydropower, coal, solar and bioenergy were being promoted in order to make Pakistan self-sufficient in electricity for speedy economic and agriculture growth and sustainable development inevitable for people’s prosperity.
Addressing a function after inauguration of 220/765KV grid station at Swan Maira here, which would be constructed with an estimated of Rs24 billion in one year, the Minister said the mega project would significantly help improve power voltage and provide uninterrupted power supply to agriculture, industrial and domestic consumers.
He said 1,088 kanal land has been acquired for the grid station, adding it was the part of the mega energy infrastructure development project worth Rs132 billion under which transmission lines between Dasu Kohistan-Manshera and Islamabad-Manshera would be laid through NTDC.
Khurram Dastgir said the World Bank would financially assist in the execution of these mega projects in the Hazara division. He said these projects would generate many job opportunities for local people and professionals including engineers and technicians of Manshera.
The Federal Minister said that 132 KV grid stations at Bafa, Bakaryal, Ghari Habibullah and remaining selected areas of Manshera district would also be constructed to improve voltage and curb load shedding.
He directed Managing Director NTDC to prepare feasibility studies of these grid stations at earliest so that practical work could be started on it. He said PMLN has the credit to establish Hazara Power Electricity Supply Company to address energy issues locally and expedite pace of development here.
Khurram Dastgir said the government strongly believed in uniformed development of the country and has started scores of energy projects in different cities including Faisalabad and Thar to facilitate people.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, he said work on halted energy projects have been restarted, adding the Prime Minister would shortly visit Thar for inauguration of 2,000MW coal electricity generated projects there.
“Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had connected people of all provinces of Pakistan through motorways and Hazara motorway was an example of it,” he said, adding
He said people of Pakistan would have to decide that whether they would vote for those who constructed a network of motorways, made Pakistan an atomic power and completed record development projects in the shape of great leaders Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif or those who deceived masses through hollow slogans of change and continued confrontation lies based politics in the shape of Imran Khan. He said that PMLN was constructing energy projects to abolish load shedding while our opponent group was involved in carrying out attacks on police with petrol bombs, ransacking public properties in Lahore and halting development works.
The Federal Minister said people of KP would reject PTI in upcoming elections after Imran Khan, known for lies based politics, himself negated his own foreign conspiracy narrative drama.
Kurram Dastgir said people of Khyber Pakthunkhwa were fed up with the politics of hollow slogans in last ten years rule of PTI and would vote PMLN for speedy progress and development of the provinces besides resolution of their issues.
He said that the PML N government was the only party that could take the country out of existing challenges and put it on the road to progress and development besides addressing the problems of KP people.