Pakistan not interested in CPEC power project, asks China to remove it from the list

Written by Newsroom Staff January 14, 2019 17:07

New Delhi: The Pakistan government has decided to shelve a major coal-based power plant project under the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, citing sufficient generation capacity already lined up for the next few years.

The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had pushed for the construction of the 1,320 MW Rahim Yar Khan power project by China.

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The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government of Prime Minister Imran Khan officially conveyed to Beijing that it was no more interested in the project in view of sufficient generation capacity already lined up for the next few years, the Dawn reported.

It has requested the Chinese friends to formally delete the project from the CPEC list, the report said.

 

 

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