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Package for sugar mills for 1,000mw energy from bagasse: CM

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that besides the government, it is also the responsibility of industrialists and investors to come forward and make investment in the energy sector so that the country could be rid of loadshedding.

He said that all the options were being taken for power generation. He said 1,000megawatt energy could be generated from bagasse and the government had evolved a package for sugar mills for the purpose which would soon be announced.

Shahbaz was talking to a delegation of the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association and All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) which called on him here Thursday.

He said the government would resolve the energy crisis at any cost, adding that measures were being taken expeditiously for generation of electricity from bagasse through sugar mills and legislation for the use of bagasse only at the sugar mills was under consideration. He expressed hope that the sugar mills would be able to produce electricity at a large scale within a few years and the production of sugar would assume secondary importance.

Talking to the delegation of Aptma, the CM said Pakistan was facing serious energy crisis which had adversely affected industrial and economic sectors. He said that all-out resources were being utilized for controlling energy problem as soon as possible. He said all the projects of power generation would be completed in a transparent manner and provision of maximum facilities would be ensured to investors.

The chief minister said the government was taking a number of measures for resolving energy problem which included repayment of circular debt, resumption of work on Nandipur Power Project and agreements for power production from alternative sources. He said loadshedding had been reduced due to the steps taken by the government and situation would further improve in the future.

Shahbaz assured the Aptma delegation that their problems would be resolved on priority basis, adding that development of textile sector could help earn huge foreign exchange as well as generate thousands of job opportunities. He said that all out efforts were being made in supply of gas and electricity to textile industry and situation was much better than the tenure of the last government.

Federal Minister for Water & Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that all problems of Sugar Mills Association had been resolved on a priority basis.

The delegations of Pakistan Sugar Mills Association and All Pakistan Textile Mills Association thanked Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Minister for Water & Power for taking personal interest for the solution to the problems of both the industries due to which business activities were reviving.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Energy Musadaq Malik, Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan, Agriculture Minister Farrukh Javed, FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa, NEPRA Chairman Khawaja Naeem, Secretary Water & Power and senior officials concerned were present.

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