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With China's help, Pak finds a way to counter India's Kishanganga project

Pak PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi thanked China for support and also paid tribute to 21 workers who died while working on the project

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Photo:Twitter)
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Photo:Twitter)

has inaugurated the first unit of a key hydropower mega project built with the financial and technical support of in Pakistan-occupied

The 969 MW Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project near Muzaffarabad was announced more than 12 years ago but work on it lingered on until ousted vowed in 2013 to build it before the end of five-year tenure of his government.

Though Sharif stepped down last year after disqualification by the his nominee and successor, Abbasi, yesterday lauded his vision and efforts for the project.

"Only 10 per cent work was done when former (Sharif) decided to complete it. If we have succeeded it is due to his vision and efforts," said.

As the project was delayed, the cost climbed to USD 5 billion, a three-fold increase to the initial estimates, said, adding the project would be fully operational before the end of this year.

Abbasi thanked for support and also paid tribute to 21 workers who died while working on the project.

Abbasi further said that government added about 10,400 MW power into the system in five years and addressed the

Pakistan-occupied Prime Minister addressing on the occasion demanded that 250 MW of from project should be dedicated to to end

Earlier, of (Wapda), Muzammil Hussain, said the NJHPP was conceived some three decades ago but the work was started only after it became evident that was planning to build

First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 15:32 IST