KARACHI: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the government was focusing on resolving energy crisis and 10, 000 megawatt electricity would be added to national grid by 2017-18.
Nawaz Sharif also announced reduction of electricity tariff for industry by Rs3 a unit from first of January 2016.
“All sources of power generation, including coal, water, nuclear, and wind, will be utilized to rid the country of energy crisis for good,” he said while addressing 39th FPCCI Export Awards ceremony in Karachi on Monday.
He said Thar coal enjoys great importance for power generation in the country.
He said work on construction of Sukkur-Multan section of Karachi-Lahore Motorway will start soon.
He said work on several sections of western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has already been completed.
Earlier, inspecting Bin-Qasim Coal Power Project, the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif directed to make it operational by 31 December 2017.
The Prime Minister had himself laid foundation of the project, to be completed at a cost of 1.5 billion dollars.
It is the first power project being set up under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Federal Ministers Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, and Khurram Dastgir, Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan was also present.
Giving briefing to the Prime Minister, Chinese experts said they are making efforts to complete this project in August 2017.
The Prime Minister also attended a briefing at Port Qasim on various ongoing development projects.