The prime minister is upset with the Neelum Jhelum management team in delaying the completion of the hydropower dam. The hydropower dam was supposed to complete by October 2015, then the date was revised to December 2016, but now it seems it will much longer than that.
During the Cabinet Committee on Energy meeting, Nawaz Sharif mentioned that when he inaugurated the project two years ago, he was briefed that it would be completed in two years’ time. However, the project seems to drag on.
The Neelum Jhelum project team cited lack of financing and technical issues as the reasons for delay in completion. The project team said if cash flow can be guaranteed, then the project will completed in the first quarter of 2017. The tunnel boring machines were working at a slow pace because of the complex ground geology. This was also delaying the project. Once this area is cleared, then work will be speeded up by the boring machines.
Another issue with the project is laying of transmission lines. The National Transmission and Dispatch Company divided the laying in three components. Work on two components is going by schedule, but the third component is facing delay. The delay is due to court order, and the prime minister advised the ministry to hire quality lawyers to tackle the issue.