ISLAMABAD - Expressing deep concern over the long delay in the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has asked the Ministry of Water and power and WAPDA to work out financial plan in consultation with the ministry of finance and other stakeholders so that timely completion of the project could be ensured. The Prime Minister directed to remove the bottlenecks in the countrys mega hydel power projects and said that Energy Committee headed by the Finance Minister must meet every fortnightly. The Prime Minister also asked the energy committee to prepare a two years work plan for the power projects in the country. The Prime Minister gave the above directions while chairing a high-level meeting to review progress on mega power projects at PMs House here on Tuesday. The Prime Minister observed that mismanagement must be checked to improve the efficiency of these projects as they are the lifeline of national economy. He added that it was strong resolve of the government to complete the projects already in the pipeline so that their benefits could start reaching the people as soon as possible. He said that keeping in view the escalating cost of thermal power projects, the only viable way is to start hydel power projects that would provide relief to the public at large. It is in line with these objectives that he has inaugurated the Diamer-Bhasha Dam recently, he said. The Prime Minister directed that Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs be included in the energy committee in order to increase the level of coordination for the hydel projects in AJ&K and Gilgit-Baltistan. The Prime Minister expressed dissatisfaction on the delay in executing the Kohala hydropower project of 1100 MW generation capacity and directed that it should be expedited and pre-project procedure could be completed by the end of this year. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the recent talks between the experts of Pakistan and India on establishing back to back electricity grid between the two countries. He said that provided the modalities were appropriately worked out between the two counties, the proposed grid could contribute towards reducing the power shortage in both the countries in their long-term usage. The Prime Minister said that he was expected to meet the Indian Prime Minister on the sideline of the SAARC Conference in Maldives scheduled this month where he would also take up this mutually beneficial project with his counterpart. Regarding the Nandipur Thermal Power Project, the Prime Minister directed that it must be expedited so that it could be completed within the stipulated time. He directed the Cabinet Committee on Energy to look into ways to further expedite the project so that it could start running as soon as possible. The Prime Minister also directed that work on 1450 MW Tarbella 4, expansion project should be started without any further delay to produce affordable electricity in the country. The energy committee was asked by the Prime Minister to implement the cabinet decisions regarding the energy conservation plan in the federal territory in letter and spirit. He observed that Islamabad must be made a model city in respect of energy conservation plan so that the other federating units might also follow the example. The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) apprised the meeting that the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project of 969 MW, with installed capacity was approved in 1989 by the ECNEC at the cost of Rs 15 billion which was delayed and its cost has gone up to Rs 333.191 billion.