LAHORE - While chairing a meeting to review the pace of progress on energy projects, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday issued instructions for accelerating work on Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Project in Cholistan.
The chief minister directed that infrastructure development in the solar park should be started immediately besides ensuring provision of quality facilities.
The Punjab government has planned to set up solar energy projects with the capacity to generate 700 megawatt in Punjab from its own resources. A piece of land has been allocated for this purpose in Cholistan.
Shahbaz Sharif said that in order to complete power generation projects on war footing, process of consultation with all stakeholders had been started as solution to problem of shortage of electricity was a collective national responsibility.
The chief minister was told that industrialists of China and other countries were interested in power projects in Pakistan including Punjab. He asked the officers concerned to ensure rapid progress towards energy projects and alternative sources of power generation should also be explored.
He was also told that alternative sources for production of electricity were being explored and work was in progress expeditiously on power generation projects.
The chief minister said that several local and foreign companies were ready to set up power generation projects and planning was being made for offering special incentives for production of electricity from alternative sources. He said that there was abundant fuel for biomass which could be utilised for generation of power.
Referring to the crackdown on gas and electricity thieves, the chief minister said that the elements involved in such negative practices were criminals and will be shown no leniency.
He said that taskforce set up for apprehending power and gas thieves had detected gas and power theft of millions of rupees and the efforts of the taskforce were commendable which was a message for the criminals involved in this negative practice. He said that indiscriminate crackdown against gas and power thieves will continue while action will also be taken against the government officials involved in this heinous crime.