Published On: Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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Kishanganga Project to reduce flow in the River Neelum for Pakistan, Senate told

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed Thursday that implementation of Kishanganga project by India will result a shortfall of about 14 percent in the flow of the River Neelum for Pakistan’s Neelum Jhelum Hydroelectric Project.

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on behalf of Minister for Water and Power told the House during question hour that it will reduce power generation by 13 percent or 700 million units.

He said the dam is under construction in India and has a gross capacity of 8755 acre feet.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the strategy of our government in this regard depends on the decision of the court of Arbitration‚ which is expected this month.

To a question‚ the Minister said IESCO has recovered 22.5 million rupees out of 120 million rupees it invested in Trust Investment Bank Ltd. He said the IESCO is making efforts to recover 97.5 million rupees.

To another question‚ the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources said SNGPL has undertaken 18 mega pipeline projects since 2008‚ however no such projects has been launched in the distribution sector during the period.

Replying to a question‚ he said over 2.48 million barrels of oil was produced in the country in October this year. Of this 1.16 million barrels was produced in Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa. Nine hundred and thirty-five thousand in Sindh‚ three hundred and eighty-eight thousand in Punjab and one thousand four hundred and fifty barrels in Balochistan.

To a question‚ Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources said Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project is constrained by international sanctions and we hope that once they are softened‚ we can work on the project.

To a supplementary question‚ he said there is no offer of China to provide financing for this project.

He said India attempted the violations of Indus Water Treaty on Solai‚ Baghliar‚ Kishanganga and Wullar Hydroelectric Plants. He said Pakistan checked all the violations in time under the dispute settlement mechanism of Indus Water Treaty.

He said most of these projects are run on the river flow by Hydroelectric Plants except Kishanganga which has storage capacity.

In another question‚ he said the PC-I cost of Diamer Bhasha Dam was 11.17 billion dollars including Foreign Exchange component of US 3.91 billion dollars. He said PC-I of Dasu Dam amounting to 8.43 billion dollars is under process with Planning Commission for approval.

The Petroleum Minister said a total of 29 cities have been provided natural gas by SNGPL and SSGPL since 2010.

He assured that PML-N government will make strong efforts to provide gas to cities of Balochistan.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch on behalf of Minister for Foreign Affairs said seven Pakistani prisoners were executed this year.

Of these six got death sentences on crime of drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia and one on murder in Kuwait.
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