ISLAMABAD  - Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif leaves for Tajikistan today to participate in a two-day Joint Commission meeting at Dushanbe to finalise the project of electricity supply to Pakistan.

An agreement on laying of the transmission line of 500 KV to import 1000 MW hydel electricity under the Central Asia South Asia (CASA-1000) project would be inked during the visit.

Work on the transmission line having a total length of 750 kilometres would be completed by year 2018 with an estimated cost of 1,160 million US dollars.

Chairman WAPDA, Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) and Chairman NTC besides senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Water and Power and National Highway Authority Tajikistan will be accompanying him.

The feasibility report about the CASA 1000 project had already been completed and working on the laying of the transmission line from Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan would begin from May this year.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also participate in the transmission line laying ceremony scheduled to be held in Tajikistan in May this year.

Working on another transmission line of same capacity of 500KV from Tajikistan to Pakistan via Wakhan Strip bordering Afghanistan would also be discussed in the meeting of Joint Commission of the two countries.

The Joint Commission of both the countries was working on the implementation of CASA-1000 MW project and its upcoming meeting would finalise the time-frame from start to completion of the transmission line. The commission would also discuss the progress of MOUs and agreements signed between the two countries last year during the visit of President of Tajikistan Imomali Rahmon to Pakistan.