“Work in progress to use alternative energy sources”
Punjab Energy Minister Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Malik said work was underway on various projects in the province to use alternative energy sources in line with international standards.
He expressed them while chairing a meeting of the Punjab Power Development Board on Saturday. He said several projects have been launched to help tackle the challenges of climate change and generate cheap electricity to meet local needs.
The minister further said that the provincial government is committed to boosting the renewable energy sector for which it has increased the annual budget from Rs5 billion to Rs7 billion.
The meeting was also attended by Additional Secretary of Enterprises Aslam Shahid, Additional Secretary Admin Tayyab Farid and Heads of Public Sector Enterprises in the department among others.
The meeting reviewed the performance of the companies’ boards of directors. Expressing concern that some council members remain absent from council meetings, the provincial minister ordered that their slots be replaced with more qualified experts.
He said the plan to generate electricity from waste was of immense importance, so the work should be expedited quickly and the summary of the solid waste-to-energy project should be moved to the latest. next week.
He also asked business leaders to send him details of the proceedings of previous meetings and the objectives achieved so far.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 6and2022.