Gilgit-Baltistan: Senate Panel Briefed on On-going Development Projects in GB

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Islamabad (APP): Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs Monday expressed the resolve that efforts would be made to generate 45,000 megawatts electricity from Northern Areas.

The panel which met with Senator Haji Adeel in the chair here at the parliament house, was informed by Secretary Kashmir affairs Kamran Ali Qureshi that Northern Areas have the capacity to generate 45,000 MW electricity and China and some other countries are also ready to provide soft loans for the generation of electricity. Member of the committee Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the panel should call WAPDA and other relevant departments for its next meeting to chalk out future strategy to get rid of the power crisis.

Jahangir Badr was of the opinion that electricity demand is rapidly increasing and the country needs to take advantage of the latest technology to cope with the energy crisis. Chairman of the committee observed that the glaciers in Siachen are rapidly melting due to meaningless war between Pakistan and India, which is also resulting in heavy land sliding, besides posing threats of floods. He said the two countries should hold meaningful dialogue to resole the Siachen issue so as the natural calamities should be controlled effectively.

The panel was also briefed on the on-going development projects in Gilgit-Baltistan, Atta Abad and Shigar lakes created due to land slide, and the damages caused by lakes to road infrastructure and the steps taken to repair the damaged infrastructure.


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