ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday chaired a meeting in Islamabad to review progress on various energy related projects.

The meeting was given a detailed briefing on the capacity and timeline for completion of various ongoing power projects in Pakistan.

The meeting was informed that around 10, 996 MW of power will be added to the national grid by March 2018 against an expected generation shortfall of 7,000 to 8,000 MW, estimated for 2017-18.

The meeting was also briefed that work on improving the transmission system is going on in all parts of the country.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said getting rid of power shortages is essential for realizing the huge economic potential of the country.

He reiterated that the government is not only striving to overcome loadshedding but also making efforts to provide affluent electricity to people.

The premier stressed that long term plans of the government include production of more than 30, 000 MWs of electricity by 2022.

Increased power generation would substantially contribute towards economic growth and increased industrial activities, he added.

The Prime Minister said he is personally monitoring the progress on the ongoing power projects across the country to ensure timely completion of these projects.

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