LAHORE - Water and Power Minister Kh Muhammad Asif met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

The Chief Minister stressed the need for stepping up effort to get over energy to better national economy. He said that government is taking solid steps towards right direction for coping with energy crisis and besides traditional methods, also paying attention to generate energy through renewable sources.

Shahbaz said that Punjab government has set up 100mw solar project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur from its own resources which is near completion and will soon start production.

He said that a positive progress is being made with regard to 900MW solar project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park whereas it has been decided to shift more than 5000 schools of far-flung areas of Punjab to solar under a phased programme. The Chief Minister said that the discovery of wind power corridors in North and South Punjab is a good news for the people. He said that wind power corridors of Punjab have the capacity of generating 1,000MW electricity. He said that work on the project of generating energy through wind will be carried out speedily with the cooperation of renowned Danish international company and Quaid-e-Azam Wind Power Park will be set up in this regard. Shahbaz Sharif said that planning is being made for generating 1000 megawatt energy through LNG and Punjab government has decided to set up LNG Power Park for this purpose. He said that the PML-N government is working speedily for overcoming the problem of shortage of energy.

He said that the agreements made with local and foreign power companies regarding energy projects are being implemented speedily.