OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting here on Saturday, which reviewed in detail various projects for generating energy from alternate sources. Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Energy, energy expert Nadeem Babar, Chairman for Special Initiatives and other concerned officers attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, the CM said the Punjab government had evolved a comprehensive programme for generating energy from alternate sources and formulated short and mid term policy in this regard. He also said the energy crises was leaving a negative impact on the economy of the country and if we have to put the country on the road to progress, promote industrial and economic activities, encourage investment, then we would have to overcome the energy crises and implement the projects speedily for getting energy. He directed to give final shape to the policy for promoting public private partnership in the energy sector, and said monthly targets should be fixed for reviewing the progress of energy projects in the province and ensured achieving of these targets. Planning has been made for getting energy through hydel power and coal whereas talk negotiations are also going on for getting energy from trash of sugarcane and soon the project of getting energy will be given a final shape in the light of these dialogues, he said, adding that a plant for generating energy from coal would also be installed in Dera Ghazi Khan, for which coal would be obtained from Balochistan, and an agreement had already been made in this regard. He directed Secretary Energy that on his return from the tour of London, a detailed briefing should be given to him with regard to energy projects and their timeframe. Earlier, Secretary Energy Rab Nawaz, while giving a detailed briefing regarding various projects of generation energy in the province, told that during the next two-and-a-half years, plans for getting 900 megawatts energy from various alternate sources had been made under mid-term policy which included five projects of 50 megawatt each of hydel power and a project of 300 megawatt from coal. Similarly, talk is also going on with sugar mill owners for generating energy from trash of sugarcane and this policy would also be given a final shape during next week. Participants of the meeting also presented their proposals with regard to projects of generating energy.