LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that a comprehensive strategy has been evolved for executing coal based energy projects in Punjab in time and in a transparent manner. He said the government would not tolerate any hurdle in the completion of the six coal fired energy projects which have to generate 6000MW of electricity in next three to five years.
The CM said this while presiding over a high level meeting held to review implementation of the coal-based power plants, here on Monday. The meeting especially considered pace of the coal power plants project in Sahiwal; one of the two projects of the total six which the Punjab government has to complete with its own resources. The remaining four (projects) will be competed by the private sector.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister highlighted importance of the projects to arrest the energy crisis in the country and stressed the need for their timely completion as a matter of speeding up progress and prosperity of the country by means of enhanced industrial and agricultural production. He said that every moment of the nation is precious as such round the clock work would be carried on to complete these energy projects.
The CM said economic progress can be achieved only through developing the sectors of agriculture, industry education, health and the social, which is not possible without meeting energy shortage and defeating the loadshedding. He said that government is taking all necessary measures to overcome shortage of power and special incentives are being offered for investment in energy sector. He said one of the objectives of the coal based energy projects is to encourage private sector and make it share efforts of the government towards ending the energy problem. He said that the land allocated for coal power plants will be handed over to private sector in a highly transparent manner and advertisements are being floated in local and international media for this purpose.
The Chief Minister also directed the concerned ones to speedily complete the Sahiwal project. The Chief Minister was given a detailed briefing regarding the pace of implementation and the timeline of the coal-based power project in Sahiwal.
Chief Secretary, Advocate General Punjab, Chairman Planning & Development, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Additional Chief Secretary Energy, Managing Director NESPAK, Secretary Minerals and concerned officials were the participants of the meeting.
Road shows in China and Gulf States: Meanwhile, in order to conduct road shows in China and Gulf States etc and hold energy conference in the city for attracting investment to the electricity generation sector, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Monday directed the department concerned to set up a committee and a sub-committee.
Presiding over a meeting, the Chief Minister required the said committees to work in a highly professional manner with an aim to making both the events successful.
Speaking to the meeting, the Chief Minister said the concerned institutions of the federal and provincial governments should make all out efforts for ensuring the success of the road shows and investment conference.
Secretary Foreign Affairs assured the meeting of full support from the federal government in the Punjab government efforts for holding road shows and investment conference.