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Load shedding reduced in last 2 months: CM Shahbaz

07 August, 2013

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the government had adopted a solid strategy during last two months for controlling energy crisis and resultantly load-shedding had decreased; however there was a need to work on this front with commitment and dedication.

He was talking to a representative delegation of Turkish group of companies associated with energy sector EAE led by its Chairman Samil Perk, on Tuesday.

He said that Chinese, Turkish as well as several other foreign companies have expressed keen interest in the projects of generation of electricity from coal and solar energy. He welcomed the offer of Turkish group of companies of shifting streetlights to solar energy and expressed hope that an agreement will soon be signed in this regard.

Provincial Minister for Energy Sher Ali Khan, Secretary Energy, Technical Director, Consultant and other officials of the Turk group of companies were also present. He said that revolutionary reforms are being introduced in power sector. He said besides promoting traditional methods of generation of power, work is also being carried out expeditiously on projects of production of energy from alternative resources.

The chief minister said circular debt of Rs 480 billion had been repaid in 50 days while it was agreed during the visit of prime minister to China to cooperate in energy sector.

The CM further said that Chinese and Turkish companies as well as those of various other countries had expressed their interest in cooperation in several projects based on hydel, coal and solar power. He said that work is being resumed on Nandipur power project and Chinese engineers are coming to Pakistan. He said Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park was being set up in Cholistan.

Welcoming the visit of the Turk delegation to Pakistan, the chief minister said Pakistan and Turkey were bound together in strong ties of friendship and several Turkish companies had made investment in Punjab. He said that the glorious project of metro bus was a splendid example of friendly relations between Turkey and Pakistan.

Chairman of EAE Samil Perk, while offering cooperation to Punjab government in switching over streetlights to solar energy, expressed his desire for an agreement in this regard. He said his company was coming to Pakistan not to promote its financial interests but to strengthen the existing friendly relations between the two countries.

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