Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday several public welfare projects were being completed ahead of schedule due to the good governance of the government.
“Transparency, high standards and speed are the hallmarks of these uplift projects,” he told a meeting that reviewed progress on various development projects.
Sharif said the foundation stone of Ruyi Masood Textile Industrial Park would be laid in Faisalabad on May 28 and that of two coal-fired power plants in Sahiwal on May 30. The plants, to be set up with the help of China, would generate 660 megawatts of electricity each.
He said the modern industrial park in Faisalabad would be completed with the cooperation of a Chinese group, Ruyi. The scheme would help contribute to the growth of textile and garment sectors, he said.
“The project will generate thousands of jobs and help increase export of textile products.”
Sharif said the Chinese group would also establish two coal-fired power plants of 150 megawatts in the industrial park spreading over more than 1,000 acres.
The chief minister said the Nandipur power project would be inaugurated on May 31; it would add 100 megawatts of electricity to the national grid in the first phase.
“The first turbine of the project will start production on May 31. Generation of 100 megawatts in a record period of seven months is the result of excellent teamwork,” he said. He said the project had been delayed for three years and the machinery was rusted due to negligence of the previous government.
Sharif said that soon after coming to power, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government resumed work on the power plant with the help of a Chinese firm. “The work on this project was resumed in September 2013… it has been completed in the record period of seven months.”
He praised the team tasked with executing the project for its hard work and dedication. Sharif said the early completion of the project in a transparent manner was a big achievement.
The chief minister said an agreement had been signed with a consortium of Chinese companies for modern coal-based power plants in Qadirabad area of Sahiwal. “This will be the first coal-based power project producing 1,320 megawatts,” he said.
Earlier, the chief minister was given a briefing on the status of several development projects. Industries Minister Muhammad Shafiq, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Azmul Haq, the chief secretary, senior Board of Revenue member, additional chief secretary and Planning and Development Board chairman attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2014.