49 small so­lar projects in Pun­jab soon:Shah­baz

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - STAFF RE­PORTER LA­HORE—

Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad Shah­baz Sharif has said that Pun­jab gov­ern­ment is ex­e­cut­ing a so­lar project of 100 megawatt at Quaid-i-Azam So­lar Park Ba­hawalpur from its own re­sources which will start pro­duc­tion in the be­gin­ning of next year. He said that 49 sites have been se­lected for start­ing so­lar projects of one to 50 megawatt in Pun­jab which will gen­er­ate 215 megawatt elec­tric­ity.

The Chief Min­is­ter chaired a meet­ing to re­view the progress on 100 megawatt so­lar project at Quaid- i- Azam So­lar Park Ba­hawalpur and in­stalling small so­lar power projects at var­i­ous places of the prov­ince.

Ad­dress­ing the meet­ing, Shah­baz Sharif said that work on Quaid-i-Azam So­lar Park Ba­hawalpur is con­tin­u­ing speed­ily. He said credit goes to Pun­jab gov­ern­ment that for the first time, a project of gen­er­at­ing so­lar power is be­ing in­stalled at gov­ern­ment level in Pak­istan.

The Chief Min­is­ter di­rected Chair­man Plan­ning & De­vel­op­ment that a prac­ti­ca­ble pro­gramme should be evolved to shift the hos­pi­tals, schools and agri­cul­ture tube­wells to so­lar. He said that a com­pre­hen­sive plan should also be pre­pared with re­gard to so­lar home so­lu­tion and fi­nal pro­pos­als should be sub­mit­ted at the ear­li­est in this re­gard. Shah­baz Sharif said that Pak­istan Mus­lim League-N gov­ern­ment is march­ing for­ward in the right di­rec­tion speed­ily for over­com­ing en­ergy cri­sis.

He said that en­ergy projects have been de­layed due to sit-ins. He said that the pre­cious time wasted due to sit-ins will be made up through hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion. Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Quaid-i-Azam So­lar Park Ba­hawalpur Na­jam Shah in­formed the meet­ing about the progress on 100 megawatt so­lar project.

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