Over 7750 mw electricity added to national grid system in last 4 years, NA told

ISLAMABAD: Over seven thousand seven hundred and fifty megawatt of power has been added to the system during the last four years.

This was stated by Minister of State for Power Abid Sher Ali during question hour in the National Assembly on Thursday.

He said the electricity generation capacity is continuously increasing and the duration of loadshedding has been reduced from 18 hours in 2013 to about two hours.

He said additional megawatts of power will be added to the national grid by November and December which will help rid the country of power outages.

Abid Sher Ali said the process of system upgradation is also underway to reduce the line losses.

The Minister of State told the House that the first turbine of Neelum Jhelum Hydel Project will be commissioned in March next year while the entire project is going to complete by July next year.

Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal told the House that eight new oil and gas discoveries have so far been made in the country this year.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed told the House that fourteen thousand additional polling stations will be established for the 2018 general elections to facilitate the voters.

He said the government also plans to set up separate polling stations for men and women.

Responding to a point of order in the National Assembly, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said the Prime Minster will make a policy statement on FATA reforms on his return from the United States.

He said that FATA Reforms Package has been prepared after consultation with the relevant stakeholders.

He said both the houses of the parliament have also held extensive deliberations on the matter.

The Minister said under this package, the tribal areas will be brought into the mainstream in a period of five years.

He said a decision has also been taken to abolish the FCR. He said one hundred billion rupees will also be spent on the development of tribal areas in order to bring them at par with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other developed areas of the country.

Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry has rejected PTI’s criticism on National Action plan, saying implementation on the plan, has resulted in significant decline in terrorist incidents in the country.

He said responsibility also rests with the provinces to play their part for implementation of the NAP.

Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry said that Pakistan is carrying out phased fencing of its border with Afghanistan in order to ensure better management of border. He said similarly posts have been equipped with modern system in order to check the movement of people.

The House has now been prorogued.