Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday stressed on the need to devote all energies for early completion of the Neelum-Jhelum Hydel Project.

The Prime Minister made these observations during a high level meeting held at the PM House to review the progress on the project.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Nadeem ul Haq and other senior officials.

Chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Syed Raghib Abbas informed the meeting that 42% of the work on the tunnel had been completed so far and the project was expected to be completed by 2016.

The Prime Minister said that the Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Electric Project was a strategic project of immense importance and`the government would ensure that the project was completed at all costs.

He constituted an Oversight Committee comprising secretaries Finance, Planning and Economic Affair Division, Special Secretary Water and Power,  WAPDA Chairman and Member Finance WAPDA to give suggestions to remove bottlenecks, if any, so that the work on the project continues without any interruption.