Rs. 1.36 billion for solar energy tubewells

Posted on June 21, 2011. Filed under: Alternative, Pakistan, Solar |

LAHORE, June 18: The Punjab government has allocated Rs1.36 billion for installation of tubewells to be operated through solar energy for lessening the effects of energy crisis on rural economy.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said his government was working on various projects of generating energy and Rs9 billion had been allocated for such projects in the next financial year.

The chief minister and his brother and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif reviewed various projects of generating energy at a meeting here on Saturday.

The chief minister said the country was facing a serious energy crisis which not only leaving negative impacts on industrial and trade sectors but also depriving the labourers and workers of their livelihood. He said power of generating energy had been given to the provinces in the meeting of Council of Common Interests. He said besides projects to generate energy through coal, water, sunlight and wind, a policy was also being evolved in consultation with sugar mills for generating power through trash of cane.

Shahbaz said generation of power through solid waste was also in the pipeline and an agreement of cooperation with Istanbul Municipality had been reached.

He said the provincial government had set up a separate department for completing energy projects expeditiously and these projects would be executed through public-private partnership.

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said the energy projects would have to be implemented quickly for running the industries and getting the people rid of loadshedding. He said the private sector should be fully encouraged for making investment in energy sector and there should be an independent and autonomous board consisting of professionals associated with private sector for execution of these projects.

Dawn.com

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