MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project is an engineering and technological milestone for Pakistan which will contribute to sustainable energy production.
He made these remarks while addressing the historic event marking the commissioning of the 242 MW first unit of the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project which was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here on Friday.
The President said that the inauguration of this mega-project is a matter of great pride for both Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. On the occasion, the President congratulated the Government, Chairman WAPDA and their team for successfully completing the project. He also congratulated the donors, consultants and the Chinese companies that worked on the project.
President Masood Khan said that AJK is passing through a golden period of development and a cascade of dams are being built throughout Azad Kashmir which will revolutionize the economic landscape of the region. The President added that AJK has the potential of producing over 8000 MW from its rivers and by the end of this year we will achieve production of around 2400 MW.
Narendra Modi, he said, has been claiming of cutting off the waters to Pakistan. He added that India is not an upper but instead has forcefully become an upper riparian by occupying Kashmir and its people.
President AJK while addressing the audience said that AJK is on the cusp of an economic and commercial revolution, especially after becoming a formal part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said numerous energy projects including Kohala (1124 MW) and Karot (720 MW) will be completed. This, he said, will be followed by a cascade of projects including Gulpur, Azad Pattan, Mahl and Dudnial.
Prime Minister AJK Raja Farooq Haider, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir, Syed Javed Ali Shah, Minister of State for Information Maryum Aurangzeb AJK Cabinet Ministers, members of the AJK Legislative Assembly and Chairman WAPDA Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Muzammil Hussain.