LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that all new cooperative housing societies, private housing schemes and commercial plazas will be shifted to LED (Light-emitting diode) solar lights in future under a phased programme. He said that government institutions, hospitals and schools would also be shifted to LED lights gradually. The Chief Minister set up a committee headed by Chairman Planning & Development and directed to submit its practicable recommendations in this regard in the next meeting.
He was presiding over 5th meeting of Punjab Energy Council at Chief Minister’s Office which was attended by Provincial Ministers, Sher Ali Khan, Farrukh Javed, Muhammad Shafiq, MPA Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Coordinator Shahid Riaz Gondal, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, concerned secretaries and President Bank of Punjab.
The CM told the meeting that work on Nandipur Power Project was moving speedily and its first turbine would start functioning in the beginning of next year. The CM while directing to expedite work on Nandipur Power Project said that the work on feasibility report on Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park should also be started immediately besides chalking out a plan to run the agricultural tubewells through biogas. He directed that besides 25,000 tubewells, financial models should also be prepared for running 50,000, 75,000 and 100,000 tubewells through biogas. He said that Punjab government would set up solar energy projects of 700 megawatt in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park with its own resources. The CM said that amendments should be made in rules and regulations for shifting houses and streets lights of all housing schemes to be established in future on LED solar lights. He said that a package of Solar Homes Solutions for small homes should be prepared and presented in the next meeting.