Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chauhan, the Information Minister of Punjab has said that the work on the hydel power projects has started in the province of Punjab. He said that the cheap energy mix based on local resources is the best offer for the energy needs of the nation and work on the 10,870 MW hydel power projects has been started by the present government.
On Monday, in a statement, he said that Pakistan’s cheapest solar power project of 100 MW, which has been initiated with the aid of the private sector with an investment of Rs.10 billion in Chobara area of Layyah, is of special significance. He also said that although the tariff of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Project in Bahawalpur was fixed at 14 to 18 cents by the earlier government, the Layyah Solar Power Project would add electricity to the national grid at the nominal rate of just 3.7 cents per unit.
The minister said that the PML-N had abused the nation by placing a ban on the renewable energy during the span of the last 2 years of its tenure and allotted billions of rupees in the form of commissions for the expensive power projects that were operating on imported fuel.
He further mentioned that the incumbent government, under the leadership of PM Khan, has so far started work on the 10,870 MW hydel power projects while the work on the Naya Pakistan Solarization Program in underway on being taken.
He also told that 15,000 primary schools and 2,400 primary health centres are being transferred to solar energy via this venture. Till yet, nearly 8,000 schools have been transferred to solar energy, with work being done on the conversion of the rest.
Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chauhan, also said that nearly 60 government universities across the nation have also started shifting to solar on the Esco model.