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Solar energy park to open new vistas in southern Punjab

The PML-N government is investing the largest ever amount of Rs 200 billion in the energy sector in Southern Punjab, while the project is the biggest one in the history of the country.

This was claimed by Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, while visiting proposed site of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Energy Generation Park at Toba Noor Sar, Cholistan Desert, on Saturday.

The chief minister said that the project would not only provide electricity to Bahawalpur and Punjab but also provide employment to educated youths and open new vistas of progress in the region.

To the PPP’s claim of being the biggest political force in Southern Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif said that the PML-N’s landslide victory in the Bahawalpur region had falsified the claim and now it was his duty to do his best to bring prosperity in the region.

He added that more projects would also be started for the development of the area in future.

He announced that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would inaugurate the unique 1000 megawatts project, which would be completed in mid March next year and its transmission to the national grid would start the same day.

Criticising the previous regime, he said that the ill-planned policies of the PPP government in the power sector were the main cause of energy crisis and collapse of the transmission system in the country.

He urged the media to highlight efforts being made to end energy crisis so that the people should know these efforts. About the political status given to Hamza Shahbaz by the Punjab government, the chief minister said that Hamza Shahbaz had been given the Punjab leadership because he had been twice elected MNA apart from being his son.

Earlier, the chief minister was briefed about the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Energy Generation Park by Commissioner Asadullah Khan and the Punjab Energy secretary.

They said that the park would be built on 10,000 acres and its generation capacity was 1000 megawatts. “It will be completed in three phases and the first phase will be completed in mid March,” they added. A large number of parliamentarians belonging to the Bahawalpur region, government officials and PML-N workers were also present.

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