Lahore, March 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that the projects of social and economic development are being given prime importance to uplift the standard of living in the areas of Indus Cascade Projects. He said this during the briefing session arranged for political representatives and notables of the area over social development schemes proposed by Wapda. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, Minister of State for Water and Power, Ch. Abid Sher Ali, Capt. (retd) Safdar MNA, Chairman Wapda, Zaffar Mehmood and parliamentarian of the Kohistan area attended the meeting.
During the briefing it was told that amount of Rs.85092 million would be spent in the development of communication infrastructure, power sector, education sector, health sector and area development of Indus Cascade. It was also revealed that Wapda proposed to establish “Indus Cascade University” in which students of the Indus Cascade areas would be given preference in the admission.
The sole purpose of the university is work for capacity building of the students of the area so that suitable jobs could be offered to the local residents at the power projects in the area. These projects, on completion, will transform the socio-economic landscape of the areas and bring about a major difference in the lives of the people.
Federal Minister for Water and Power said on the occasion that the government remains committed to overcoming the crisis once and for all. For this purpose, the government is working on various sources such as coal, LNG, solar and wind to augment the power generation to bridge the gap between demand and supply, he said.
He further added that according to WAPDA studies, Pakistan has an identified hydropower potential of 60,000 MW, out of which 40,000 MW is located on Indus Cascade starting from Sakardu to Tarbela. He also mentioned that the enormous untapped potential of Indus Cascade offers a way out of the worst energy crisis and charts a path for accelerated economic development of the regions where these projects are located but of the whole country.
At the closing of session, Political representatives of the area expressed deep satisfaction over launch of such projects of social and economic development for better living standard of the people and thanked the concerned authorities for fulfilling corporate social responsibilities in letter and spirit.
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