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Private sector can help resolve energy crisis

STEPS are being taken on emergent basis to overcome energy crisis and a comprehensive strategy will be evolved after seeking proposals from all the departments concerned in order to formulate a better policy, said Punjab Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan here Saturday.

Presiding over a meeting of cabinet committee set up for reviewing energy problems and making suggestions for their solution he said that private sector would also be encouraged for enhancing electricity production and their problems would be resolved on priority basis.

Sher Ali Khan said that people have complete confidence in the PML-N leadership and are keen in making investment for increasing electricity production. He said that Energy Department has completed feasibility report of 18 projects while that of 15 is under process. He said that 42 letters of intent have been issued. He said that all possible cooperation will be extended to federal government and no leniency would be shown against electricity theft. He said that instructions have been issued to DCOs of the province to extend cooperation to Wapda in recovery of arrears and checking power theft. He said that instructions have been issued to all the departments concerned to maintain record and keep a close contact with each other.The minister said that the projects of energy generation from hydel, coal, solar, biogas, biomass and wind are under consideration.

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