Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman on Monday said that 180 Mega Watt(MW) power generation project was approved under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) exclusively for Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
Talking to PTV, he said that Diamir Basha Dam was included in CPEC which is one of the biggest project of 4500 MW.
He said that this project was not only important for Gilgit- Baltistan but also for the whole country.
Chief Minister GB said that this project would also connect Gilgit-Baltistan with National Grid.
He said that federal government has provided Rs.45 billion under Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for construction of Express Way to construct link road between Gilgit and Baltistan Region. He said that work has already started on the project and will be completed within three years.
Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman said that another road of 400 kilometer will be constructed from Gilgit to Ghizer, Shandoor, Chitral, Dir and Peshawar.
He said that four projects approved under CPEC for Gilgit- Baltistan, adding that as soon we finalize feasibility study of these projects, work will be started. He said that Gilgit-Baltistan had great potential for power generation through hydel resources.
He said that GB had 60,000 MW power potential. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan said he is thankful to Punjab province for providing lap tops and scholarships to the students of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that Punjab government also gifted MRI machine to Gilgit-Baltistan hospital and would be installed soon in the area.
Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman said that health sector improved in the area,adding that earlier only 160 doctors were in Gilgit-Baltistan but today the strength is increased to 460 doctors.
He said that government providing 25000 health insurance to needy people.
He said that hundred per cent free of cost medicines being provided at all emergencies in hospitals. He said that province have signed an agreement with SPARCO in this regard.
Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017
By Fawad Maqsood
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