SAHIWAL: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said his government’s performance would wash away all the baseless allegations by the opposition, which was impeding nothing but the country’s progress.
“They are not impeding or attempting to foil me. They are attempting to obstruct the country’s progress. We will not allow them to affect our pace. People will distinguish between the negative and corrupt elements and those, who delivered,” he said addressing the inauguration ceremony of the first unit of Sahiwal Coal Power Project.
The prime minister was accompanied by Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana and Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali. Ambassador of China in Pakistan Sun Weidong was also present on the occasion.
With total capacity of 1320 megawatt, the project comprises two coal-based power plants of 660MW each. This is one of the early harvest projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
It has been completed in a record 22 months period, six months ahead of the prescribed schedule.
Executed by M/s Huaneng Shandong Ruyi Pakistan Energy Private Limited, the first unit has already been connected to the national grid since May 12 this year while the second unit will be connected during the current month.
The prime minister also visited the control room and different sections of the power plant wherein the Chinese engineers briefed him about the functioning of the plant.