LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the PML-N government is taking effective measures for ridding the country of loadshedding.

Under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, 1320MW coal-based powerhouse is being set up in Sahiwal and work is in progress on this project expeditiously, the CM said while talking to PML-N’s elected representatives yesterday.

The chief minister said that a coal power plant in Sahiwal will be completed in 2017 whereas with the completion of gas-based power plants in Haveli Bahadur Shah, Bhikhi and Baloki, a total of 3600 megawatt electricity will be available.

“These projects will be completed in 2017-18 and will greatly help in overcoming loadshedding.

The Punjab government is setting up a gas-based power plant of 1180 megawatts at Bhikhi, Sheikhupura with its own resources while the federal government is working on power plants to be operated with gas in Baloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah,” Shahbaz Sharif added.

He expressed the hope that these projects will help in overcoming energy crisis and elimination of loadshedding from the country.

Besides the coal and solar power projects, work is also in progress on power projects in different areas of the country including Port Qasim and Thar, the Punjab CM told his party legislators.

Talking about the Chinese investment in Pakistan, Shahbaz said the Chinese leadership has complete confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and deep love for the people of Pakistan. “Pakistanis will never forget this historic package of China,” he added.

“Due to the policies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and our party, the confidence of foreign investors has been restored and local and foreign investors are coming to Pakistan due to which the country will greatly benefit.”

The CM further said the projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring economic stability and prosperity throughout the region including Pakistan.

The CM vowed no no effort will be spared for completion of CPEC projects and no one will be allowed to create hurdles in this great project of national interest.