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Headline: The Neelum-Jehlum Hydropower Project: A Pattern of Failures and the Need for Accountability

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The recent halt in operations at the Neelum-Jehlum Hydropower Project (NJHP) has once again raised concerns about the project’s recurring technical issues. This latest setback, following previous major breakdowns, underscores the urgent need for a thorough investigation into the root causes of these persistent problems.

It is evident that a mere inquiry and waiting for its results will not suffice to address the systemic issues plaguing the NJHP. The project’s history of major breakdowns, including the recent aggravation of problems in the head race tunnel leading to the shutdown of turbines, demands a deeper examination of potential negligence, incompetence, and corruption that may have contributed to these recurring failures.

The NJHP’s troubled operational history, combined with its significant cost overruns compared to the initial estimates, underscores the importance of swift and decisive action to address the underlying issues. The people’s patience has been tested by chronic power shortages, economic challenges, and inflated utility bills, making it imperative for the government to demonstrate its commitment to effective governance and accountability.

Given the broader context of economic hardship and public disillusionment, it is essential for the Prime Minister to ensure that the inquiry into the NJHP shutdown is conducted transparently and expeditiously. The outcomes of this investigation, as well as the subsequent measures taken to rectify the situation and hold those responsible accountable, will be closely scrutinized by the public.

In light of the country’s precarious economic situation and the impact of such breakdowns on the daily lives of citizens, addressing the systemic issues at the NJHP is not only a matter of technical concern but also a crucial test of the government’s ability to deliver on its promises of effective governance and economic stability.

The NJHP’s recurring failures not only undermine the country’s energy infrastructure but also erode public trust and confidence in the government’s ability to address pressing challenges. It is imperative for the Prime Minister to demonstrate decisive leadership in addressing the root causes of these failures, ensuring accountability, and preventing similar incidents in the future. Failure to do so not only risks further economic strain but also undermines the stability and resilience of the nation as a whole.

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