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Pak, India discuss plans to import 500MW to Pakistan

Pakistani and Indian officials on Thursday discussed plans to import 500 megawatts of electricity to energy-starved Pakistan, funds that will be used to fulfill infrastructure requirements and establish high voltage direct current (HVDC) link between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to conduct the feasibility studies in their respective areas and identify points from where the electricity transmission connection would be established. The matter will be discussed further at the next meeting scheduled in October in New Delhi, officials said.

The six-member Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary Rita Acharia, while the Pakistani side by Joint Secretary Power Zargham Ishak. The India delegation will hold further talks in Lahore today (Friday) with top officials of the National Transmission Dispatch Company and visit points proposed to connect the Pakistan and Indian electricity grid, officials said.

Pakistan identified Dina Nath near Bhai Phero, and Ghaziabad as the connecting points for electricity import from Indian Punjab, they said. The proposal will be finalised after the feasibility studies.

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