LAHORE - The National Transmission & Despatch Company has threatened the Sindh government to withdraw its workforce engaged on important transmission lines for coal-based Port Qasim Project under CPEC, following the registration of FIR against NTDC officials by it. The company said that the work could also be suspended on important CPEC projects due to harassing of the officers of NTDC by Sindh Police.

According to details, Police Station Dhabeji has registered FIR on behalf of Govt of Sindh through Mukhtiarkar (Tehsildar) Taulqa Mirpur Sakro against the installation of towers of 500 kV Double Circuit Quad Bundle Transmission Line from Port Qasim Power Plant which was energiaed after day and night efforts of NTDC staff on 2nd Nov 2017. The recently completed transmission line will evacuate power from 1320 MW Port Qasim Coal Power Plant and will help to eliminate load shedding from interior Sindh. The spokesman said that the Govt of Sindh was fully aware of the installation of towers in the area and ongoing activities of NTDC engineers.

It is pertinent to note that Secretary Power Division also made telephone contact with Chief Secretary Sindh when it was initially reported some two weeks ago that Sindh Govt is going to take action against NTDC officials. However, he asked the Chief Secy Sindh for amicable solution due to the importance of the project. The Secy Power Division also made request to CM Sindh during the Pak-China JCC on same issue. However, regretfully, the govt of Sindh instead of taking into account the importance of CPEC project and requests by the Secy Power Division unilaterally decided to register FIR.

The NTDC spokesman said that registration of FIR against its engineers and officials will delay in completion of energy projects under CPEC. However, NTDC engineers are completing projects of grid stations and transmission lines in difficult terrains throughout the country on war footings.