ISLAMABAD, April 20 (SABAH): The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project has begun and will likely be completed by 2020.
The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House during question hour that the project will support power generation capacity, which will help in overcoming the crippling power shortage crisis.
He said the construction of pipeline will also create job opportunities in backward areas along its route. He said the project will help a great deal in meeting the energy requirements of the country’s economy. He said the project upon completion would help achieve high GDP growth in the country.
To a question, he said 3220 gas meters have so far been installed in district Lower Dir. He said all new gas connections are provided strictly on turn basis through computer generated lists.
To another question, the Minister ruled out any discrimination against Sindh in provision of gas to the province. He said Sindh is getting more gas than it had been receiving in the PPP government.
Answering a question, he said there is no gas load-shedding for domestic consumers in the country. Responding to a question, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that there is no proposal under consideration to keep the courts open round the clock. However, he said a draft Bill titled Evening Courts Bill, 2017 for Islamabad Capital Territory is under consideration to reduce the pendency of cases in the courts.
The Minister said that at present 32058 cases are pending in Supreme Court, 214000 in Lahore High Court, 85809 in Sindh High Court, about 31000 in Peshawar High Court, 6270 in Balochistan High Court and 13883 in Islamabad High Court.