Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project to be functional by June 2016

Ali Zain 02:26 PM | 19 Feb, 2016
Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project to be functional by June 2016
ISLAMABAD (APP) - The National Assembly was Friday informed that the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project will be made operational by June next year.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House during question hour that Neelum-Jhelum project is very critical and the government and the Prime Minister is giving full attention for its timely completion. He said upstream dams are imperative to conserve water and stop flooding.

He said these will also help avoid future water crisis. He pointed out that the government is working on different projects in this regard and said land acquisition process for Diamer-Bhasha Dam is going on.

He said the Patan Hydropower Project will be constructed on 1943 acres of land. He said at present, project is at study stage and work is going for joint venture with a German company. Abid Sher Ali informed the House that Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have some reservations on Akhori Dam. He said work will start on it after creating a consensus. He said the dam can be completed in five years once a consensus is created and the federal government is fully ready to cooperate in this regard.

Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Dr Darshan told the House that Federal Health Regulatory Authority is being formed to regulate the fees being charged by the private doctors and hospitals in Islamabad. He said steps have been taken to improve health facilities in public sector hospitals in the federal capital. To a question, he said there is no proposal under consideration of the government to impose ban on private practice of the government doctors in Islamabad.

Answering a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Works Sajid Mehdi informed the House that there is acute shortage of houses in the federal capital because no residential colonies were constructed since the last 21 years. He said the Ministry is working on a proposal to build ten-story flats in place of single story houses in F-6/4 Islamabad. He pointed out that the 1100 flats will be built in the first phase.

Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research Rajab Ali Baloch told the House that there is no proposal under consideration of the government to introduce agricultural reforms in the country. He said Pakistan has surplus food reserves.

Replying to a question, Abid Sher Ali said that the government is working on several energy projects and the load-shedding in the country will be ended in 2018. He said when the present government took over the total power generation was 14500 MW and now it is 17000 MW. He said it will be increased to 25000 MW in 2018. He said 3600 MW projects are RLNG based. He said due to better management, load-shedding has been decreased from 18 hours in the past to six hours.

To a question, he said environment impact assessment has been carried out for the coal based energy projects and these will be executed according to the international standards.

Ali Zain
Ali Zain

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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