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Nawaz Sharif: ‘Feasibility study of hydel project at Attabad underway’

Gilgit: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said a feasibility of hydel project at Attabad was being completed, and once operational, it would generate 27 MW electricity and provide power to numerous adjacent towns and villages.

He was addressing an event after administering oath of office to six members of the Gilgit Baltistan Council, who are elected by the GB Legislative Assembly on Thursday. The Prime Minister in his capacity as Chairman Gilgit Baltistan Council administered the oath.

He said his government was committed to the progress and development of Gilgit Baltistan and would ensure provision of all resources to bring it at par with the developed areas of the country.

The Prime Minister said he has a special attraction to Gilgit Baltistan that brings him here frequently and desires development of the area. He said he was duty bound to visit the area to serve the people and play his role in resolving the problems of the people.

The Prime Minister said the amount allocated for the Annual Development Program for the area was inadequate to meet the development requirements. He said the issues confronting the people were enormous and needed concerted efforts.

He termed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a “game-changer” and said it was moving ahead at a fast pace and not only envisages road, rail and communication networks but would also provide power generation projects, generate employment and strengthen bonds of the people across the country. He was optimist that loadshedding would end by year 2018.

Prime Minister Sharif said people say that he was concentrating only on roads, but “come and see here, how the road networks have opened up these areas and schools and hospitals were being built at remotest areas.”

Sharif said work on Dasu Dam was about to start, while an amount of Rs 70 billion has already been allocated for the Diamir Bhasha dam. He was appreciative that around Rs 12 billion has been saved from the project cost and appreciated the Chief Minister and local administration for their hard work and saving of the government funds.

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