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Shahbaz approves Quaid-e-Azam solar park

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that overcoming the energy crisis is of great importance for the development of the country as well as a strong economy and in view of this importance, the government has planned energy generation from alternative sources.

According to a handout issued on Saturday, the CM stated this while presiding over the fourth meeting of the Punjab Energy Council in which formal approval was given to the master plan of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park consisting of 10,000 acres of land. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that development work on the project will be started immediately and completed on an emergency basis.

He said that third party audit system of all development works has been declared essential. The meeting fixed the beginning of next year as the target of starting energy production from the solar park. The meeting also gave approval to setting up of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Company. The CM will be the chairman of the company while the provincial minister for energy will be its vice chairman. Six members each from public and private sector will be included in the company.

The chief minister while giving approval to establishment of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Company said that this company will ensure speedy implementation on solar projects whereas Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Management Company will be responsible for infrastructure development which will be completed expeditiously. He said that all necessary facilities would be provided in solar park, including school, playground, community centre, mosque and dispensary so that engineers and other persons could perform their duties devotedly. Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government will set up projects of 700 megawatts in solar park from its own resources and in the first phase, work will be started on eight projects of 50 megawatts each. The CM said that Punjab government will complete work on the projects set up in solar park on emergent basis from its own resources and the beginning of next year is being fixed as target of generating energy from the project. He directed that departments concerned should ensure achievement of this target by working round the clock on the project. He said that Chief Executive Officer having best abilities should be posted for the project. He directed Irrigation Department to complete work of laying pipeline and installing tube-wells for the provision of water from canal to solar park within four months and NTDC to complete the laying of transmission line and the evacuation of electricity to be generated from solar park within six months. Shahbaz Sharif said that besides laying transmission line, up-gradation work of grid should also be completed and no delay will be tolerated. He said that the bank in consultation with Finance Committee of Energy Council should submit practicable recommendations with regard to project financing in the next meeting. The CM said that rapid progress should also be made with regard to setting up Punjab Energy Fund.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister was given detailed briefings by various departments with regard to master plan of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, construction of infrastructure, evacuation of electricity, laying transmission line, provision of water and other projects.

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