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

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.

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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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