85pc work on Matiari-Lahore transmission line completed: Asim Bajwa

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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Lt Gen (r) Asim Saleem Bajwa said on Saturday that 85pc work on 660kV Matiari-Lahore HVDC Transmission Line Project has been completed.

The transmission line will evacuate power North-South and resolve major power-related issues, he said in a tweet.

Asim Bajwa, who is also the Chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority, said the transmission line would have a capacity to evacuate 4,000MW of electricity, adding that the line is 886km long with 1972 towers.

The project, being completed at a cost of $1.658 billion, has created over 2,212 direct jobs for locals, the SAPM stated.

Meanwhile, in another tweet later in the day, Bajwa gave an update on the south Balochistan projects under CPEC.

He said the construction work on the 110km two-lane Khuzdar-Basima N-30 Highway was in full swing.

The highway project, work on which commenced in Oct last year, would be completed at a cost of Rs19 billion.

According to the SAPM, 20pc physical work on the project has already been completed, adding that the highway would link Khuzdar with N-85 and further to Gwadar.

The project would be completed by the end of 2021.

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