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Energy crisis being tackled on war footing: Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said measures are being taken on war footing to deal with the energy problem.

He said that Pakistan was facing terrorism, energy, unemployment and other problems but the PML-N government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was determined to overcoming all crises through courage and steadfastness. Addressing a meeting of his cabinet and senior officials on Monday, the chief minister said that work was in progress with the cooperation of local and foreign companies on projects of generation of thousands of megawatt electricity. He said that in addition to traditional methods of power generation, due attention was also being paid to generation of electricity from alternative sources.

He said that energy projects based on coal, solar, hydle, bagasse and alternative sources were being implemented and several agreements had been signed with local and foreign companies.

“A number of Chinese companies have expressed willingness in investment in the energy sector in Punjab. The Punjab government is providing all-out facilities for investment in the energy sector besides setting up a separate energy department and an autonomous secretariat,” he added.

He said that controlling the energy crisis and uninterrupted supply of power for accelerating the industrial process was the top priority of the Punjab government. He said planning had been made for setting up the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park over more than ten thousand acres of land in Bahawalpur. “All-out facilities will be provided to the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park and the project would generate hundreds of megawatts of solar power.

A Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed for generation of 6,600 megawatt electricity from coal in Gaddani. Besides setting up new projects of power generation, an effective strategy has also been evolved for conservation of energy and use of solar energy in all housing schemes, houses and commercial plazas will be encouraged,” he added. He said that a programme had also been started for conversion of the streetlight and traffic signals to LED light.

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