LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif yesterday visited the site of 1320-megawatt coal-based power project in Qadirabad, Sahiwal, and asked the Chinese companies to ensure completion of the project during 2017.

During visit the chief minister also received briefing that the machinery of coal power project has started reaching Karachi Port and steps are being taken for its speedy transportation to the site.

The ground breaking of the project was performed on March 31 last year by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif when its completion period was estimated two to three years. The project, comprising two energy plants of 660mw each, is being developed with the Chinese investment of $1.6billion.

Chinese companies, China Huaneng and Shandong Ruyi Group are completing the project in collaboration with Punjab government. It is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which envisages total Chinese investment in Pakistan to the tune of $46billion; $37billion only in the energy sector.

Speaking at site of the project, the chief minister said project will start energy generation during 2017. The CM directed the companies for maintaining high standard of development, side by side ensuring timely completion of the project. Highlighting importance for the project to reduce load-shedding, promoting industrialisation and alleviate poverty through generating jobs he claimed that these coal based power plants being super critical power are environment-friendly.

Shehbaz Sharif said that every moment is precious and there is no room for delay in the implementation of the project. He said that he is personally monitoring pace of work on this project and his visit to the site is a part of that process. He said that the journey of progress and prosperity of Pakistan started with the cooperation of China will be continued and Pakistan will achieve its goal.

more dengue patients: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif yesterday expressed strong resentment over the increase in the number of dengue patients in Rawalpindi and reprimanded heads and officers of departments concerned for not taking timely measures to check spread of the dengue problem.

Addressing the heads of the concerned departments in Rawalpindi through video link, the chief minister said that increase in the number of dengue patients this year compared to the corresponding period last year was unjustifiable.

He said that the concerned departments and institutions displayed criminal negligence towards taking timely measures for controlling dengue.

He said that Punjab government had evolved an effective strategy against dengue and the concerned departments have shown negligence in its implementation.

The CM said that the increase in the number of dengue patients in Rawalpindi is lamentable and the concerned departments have shown negligence and dereliction of duty towards dengue control.

He said that departments concerned have committed an unpardonable mistake by not implementing the procedure evolved for controlling dengue virus. He said that had timely measures been taken against dengue, this situation would not have emerged in Rawalpindi.

The chief minister said that there was nothing more precious than human lives therefore, effective measures should be adopted against dengue and modern technology should be utilized for this purpose.

He further said that anti-dengue plan should be fully implemented and concerned departments should take effective measures through collective efforts. The chief minister said he wanted results and would not accept any excuse.

He directed that Adviser Health, Chief Secretary, Secretary Health and Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University should stay in Rawalpindi and personally supervise anti-dengue measures.