LAHORE - Private sector has decided to extend full cooperation to the Punjab government to jack up electricity production in the province through mid and short term projects.

The industrial, technical, services and other sectors are discussing ways and means with the Punjab government how they can share the government efforts to improve the electricity situation in the province.

The provincial government is giving serious thought to launching energy generation projects from solar power, biomass, biogas and coal with the cooperation of private sector. The work on these projects is expected soon as hurdles in the way are being removed by the government. A representative delegation of Nizam Group, a solar energy company, called on the chief minister here on Tuesday. The CM appreciated the willingness of the private sector to cooperate with the government in overcoming energy shortage. He said that the Punjab government would take short, medium and long term measures to arrest the energy crisis.

Provincial Energy Minister Chaudhry Sher Ali Khan and Energy Secretary Usman Bajwa were also present on the occasion. Usman Ahmed and Abdullah Umar of Nizam Group gave a briefing to the CM on solar energy.  Shahbaz Sharif said: “Pakistan is facing serious energy crisis but the government is striving for generating power from alternative sources. A programme has been evolved to give solar energy operated tube-wells to small farmers to promote agriculture in the province.”