CM approves 100mw solar energy project

September 12, 2013 by  
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THE Punjab Energy Council, in the first phase, has given approval to a 100megawatt solar energy project at the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park. Besides solar energy, due attention will also be given to hydel power projects and a special committee set up for the purpose would present a comprehensive report in the next meeting.


The projects will start generation from the beginning of the next year. A strategy is being adopted to gradually switch agriculture tube-wells to biogas and for the purpose subsidy will be given to farmers. This programme will save diesel of billions of rupees. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over the meeting of the Punjab Energy Council which approved the projects.


Provincial Ministers Sher Ali Khan, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Dr. Farrukh Javed, Members Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning and Development, secretaries of concerned departments and senior officers were also present.


Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that solution to energy crisis was a big challenge which the government had accepted and was attaching top priority to overcome the problem. He said, “It is a fact that electricity is essential for development and prosperity of a country. Besides traditional methods, due attention is also being paid to generation of energy through alternative resources and in addition to setting up a separate Energy Department for early implementation of energy projects, an Energy Council has also been established for this purpose,” he added. He said that two solar parks were being set up at Lal Sohanra and Din Garh in Bahawalpur and the foundation stone of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Lal Sohanra would soon be laid and initially two projects of 50 megawatt each would start generation in the first quarter of the next year.


He said planning had also been made for the supply of electricity from the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park to the national grid. “The government is also concentrating on hydel power projects, as there are vast opportunities of generation of hydel power in the province,” he added. Setting up a special committee headed by the chief secretary, the chief minister said the committee would review a letter of intent issued for hydel projects and present its report on progress. He said that no extension would be given in the letter of intent.


He said the government would also give subsidy to farmers for the installation of tube-wells. Shahbaz Sharif directed the chief secretary to arrange a scientific study on biogas tube-wells and present a comprehensive mechanism in this regard in the next meeting. He said the extension wing of the Agriculture Department had always been very important in the development of the agriculture sector and the wing should be reactivated. He directed NTDC officials that after the 100 megawatt power project, they should immediately start work on the supply of 400 and 600 megawatt electricity to the national grid.


Earlier, Secretary Agriculture gave a detailed briefing regarding conversion of agri tube-wells to biogas while Secretary Energy briefed the meeting on the progress of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park and 50-megawatt projects.


Knowledge City: Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting regarding proposed project of the Knowledge City at Model Town on Thursday. Provincial Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Chief Secretary, Secretary Planning and Development, Special Secretary Higher Education and concerned officials attended the meeting. A detailed briefing was given during the meeting about the proposed project of setting up of Knowledge City over 705 acres of land near Rakh Dera Chahal, Lahore. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said the proposed project of establishing the Knowledge City will prove a revolutionary step for the rapid development of education sector. He said the campuses of prestigious educational institutions will be set up in the Knowledge City for education and research in science and technology, medical sciences, finance and accounting and information technology.


The Chief Minister asked to prepare a master plan for implementation of proposed project of the Knowledge City. He further asked for a separate company for implementation of master plan. He said the campuses of universities affiliated with renowned foreign educational institutions will be established in the Knowledge City. He said that Knowledge City will be constructed on the pattern of Oxford University where pollution free atmosphere will be ensured. The Chief Minister ordered construction of a lake between all campuses of the Knowledge City.


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