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Govt to grant 26,000 acres for generation of wind energy

The Sindh government on Monday decided to allot 26,000 acres of land from Sindh’s wind corridor for generation of wind power. The land, which has been allotted among 12 investors – eight of which are foreign companies – will be used for the construction of wind mills on an 18 month fast-track policy to generate 3000 MW of power.

The allotment decision was made during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah held at the CM House.Sindh has a wind corridor in the Jhimpir and Thatta districts. It was decided that new investments in wind mills would be finalised after talks with the federal government, and that all previous allotments would stay valid.

During the meeting, Secretary Board of Investment (BOI) Naheed Shah Durrani and Secretary Land Utilization Sindh Ghulam Mustafa Phul gave a briefing on the allotment conditions of land for wind power projects.

It was stated that the land would be allotted on a 30-year lease and with a rent of Rs500 per acre per annum for the first ten years. The participants were informed that only the area under “direct impact” would be leased: this includes the turbines, switch room, service roads, electrical cables and service facility. It was pointed out that a minimum rent of Rs50 per square yard per annum would be charged.

Chief Minister Sindh stressed that along with the alternate energy being produced by the construction of wind mills, efforts should also be made for generating power from coal.

The meeting was attended among others by Chairman Sindh Board of Investment Zubair Motiwala, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas, Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Malik Israr, Senior Member Board of Revenue Shahzar Shamoon and Secretary Finance Naveed Kamran Baloch.

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