LAHORE - The Punjab government has decided to expedite production of electricity from solid waste (garbage etc) which is daily moped up throughout the city in hundreds of tons. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the department of solid waste management to give final shape to the project at the earliest as it has to provide 20mw of power to the citizens.

Presiding over a meeting of Punjab Energy Council on Monday, the Chief Minister said that early solution to energy crisis is essential for overcoming poverty and unemployment, promotion of economic and trade activities and ridding the people of loadshedding.

With the view to put the domestic consumers of electricity on solar energy, the chief minister has directed the local government prepare and submit final recommendations in this behalf.

The meeting also gave approval to setting up of 100mw solar energy project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, sprawling over 10000 acres of land in South Punjab, that would begin to give production from the beginning of next year.

Shahbaz Sharif directed that the master plan of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park be implemented immediately and no compromise be made on the standard of development activities including provision of infrastructure. He said that third party certification will be compulsory for the transparency of development activities.

“The Punjab government is working on hydle, solar, coal, baggase, bio-gas, biomass and other alternative sources of power generation and several agreements have been signed with local and foreign power generation companies for this purpose,” the CM added.