MoU signed for solar energy project in Cholistan

Aug 04, 2013| Courtesy by : The News

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that nothing can be more important than solution to the energy crisis and the nation will be rid of loadshedding through speedy completion of power generation projects.

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He was speaking on the occasion of signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Punjab government and a Chinese company, Norinco International Corporation Limited, for setting up a solar power project.

Secretary Energy Usman Bajwa and Vice-President Norinco International Zhang Shiping signed the document. Under the agreement, the Norinco International will set up a 300 megawatt solar power project in Cholistan to be completed within 12 months. The Punjab government will assist Norinco International in identifying the site for the solar power plant in Cholistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz commended the cooperation of the Chinese government and investors in the energy sector. He said the agreement with Norinco International for solar power project augured well and the project would be completed expeditiously. Norinco International Vice-President Zhang Shiping said the Chinese people were deeply impressed with the speed of Shahbaz Sharif regarding implementation of development projects and he was very much liked in China. He expressed hope that power generation projects would be completed at the same speed at which the metro bus project was executed. Provincial Minister for Energy Sher Ali Khan, Special Assistant Arshad Jutt, the chief secretary, chairman NEPRA, chairman Planning & Development, secretary energy and others were also present. Earlier, while addressing a meeting on the energy crisis, the CM said that the electricity shortage would be overcome at any cost. He said the energy crisis had made life of the people miserable and all-out measures were being taken to resolve the issue. He said that if the departments concerned did not fulfill their responsibilities towards resolving energy problem, they would never be forgiven by the nation.

The chief minister said solution to energy problem was the top priority of the government as it was essential for putting the economy on the right track. He said that the departments concerned should discharge their responsibilities in an efficient manner and no negligence should be shown in this regard. Shahbaz also stressed the need for removing the flaws in the power supply system and said that the efforts should be made on war footing for the upgrade of the system. He said urgent measures were needed for the purpose and no laxity would be tolerated. He expressed his extreme displeasure over the slow pace of disposal of matters by the departments concerned, saying that no effort should be spared in removing the flaws in the system.

Minister calls on CM: Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here on Friday and discussed matters of mutual interest and steps taken by the government for controlling the energy crisis. Speaking on the occasion, the CM said the PML-N government was implementing short and long-term programmes for eliminating loadshedding. He said that besides traditional methods, measures were also being taken for promoting alternative sources of generation of electricity. Federal Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain said that the efforts being made by Shahbaz Sharif for progress and prosperity of the masses were an example for other provinces and they would improve the living standard of the people of the province.

land development: Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting Friday in which briefing was given to him on the Punjab Land Development Company. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz said the Punjab government had provided houses to thousands of people through Ashiana Housing Scheme during its previous term. He vowed that such public welfare projects would continue during the next five years, adding that due to Ashiana Housing Scheme, the dream of middle and low income segment of having their own house had been fulfilled and the best residential facilities had been made available to them. He said an amount of Rs3 billion had been allocated in the current financial year budget for Ashiana Scheme and its scope would be extended to the whole province. He said the pending work of Ashiana Quaid should be completed at the earliest.

(Courtesy: The News)