Coal projects to be set up in six cities: CM

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said it is mandatory for resolving energy crisis to make the industrial sector fully operational and overcoming poverty, unemployment and other problems.

He said it was the mission of the PML-N government to overcome the menace of outages, energy projects were being furthered without wasting any time and steps were being taken for coping with the problem of shortage of electricity.

He said massive programme of power generation from coal was being implemented in the province while small coal-based energy projects would be set up in the six cities of Punjab. He said the government had decided to establish small coal power plants of 55×2 megawatts in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Multan and Sheikhupura which would be helpful in meeting energy requirement of industries.

He was presiding over a high-level meeting. The chief minister said small coal power plants were being set up in Sundar Industrial Estate, Lahore, and M III Industrial Estate, Faisalabad while similar plants would also be established in Kot Lakhpat and Batapur in Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Multan and Sheikhupura to meet energy needs of industries. Shahbaz Sharif constituted a committee headed by Chief Secretary Punjab to identify such sites within three days where railway line, water transmission line and other basic facilities were available for setting up of small coal power plants. He directed that a committee comprising representatives of the institutions concerned should also be formed to hold meeting on weekly basis to review the pace of implementation of small coal power plants. Additional Chief Secretary Energy Jehanzeb Khan gave a detailed briefing regarding small coal power plants. Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretaries of Transport and Irrigation Departments, Commissioners of Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan, Chairman Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, MTDC Managing Director and the officials concerned were also present in the meeting.

Chinese delegation: A delegation led by Investment Banking Group of ICBC of China General Manager Liu Jin called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, here Friday. Prospects of investment in different sectors in Punjab were discussed in the meeting.

Talking to Chinese delegation, the chief minister said there was vast scope of investment in energy and other sectors in Punjab. He said encouraging atmosphere had been created for investment in the province and facilities were being provided to foreign investors. He said a number of Chinese companies had made investment in various sectors in the province. He said investment by Investment Banking Group in Punjab would be welcomed. He said that Punjab Investment Board was working for the solution of problems and provision of facilities to the investors in the province.

General Manager Investment Banking Group of ICBC of China, Liu Jin said he would motivate Chinese investors for investment in energy sector in Punjab while investment would also be made in industrial parks.

army’s sacrifices: Shahbaz Sharif has said the nation salutes jawans of the armed forces who are rendering supreme sacrifices for peace and securing the future of the country. He said the officers and jawans who were embracing martyrdom in the war against terrorism were the heroes of the nation and the masses were proud of their sacrifices. He said the present situation demanded emergent measures. He said the steps would be taken for the protection of life and property of the masses while maximum resources would be provided for improving law and order in the province.

The chief minister issued instructions for making foolproof security arrangements on the day of martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA) and directed that law enforcement agencies should remain fully alert and maintain close mutual coordination for the safety of the citizens and maintenance of a peaceful atmosphere.

He was presiding over a meeting to review law and order, here Monday. The meeting paid tributes to security official Sabir Hussain who was martyred in operation against terrorists in Pind Arayan for his courage and bravery and also offered Fateha for the departed soul. The meeting also prayed for the early recovery of the injured officials. The chief minister said nothing could be more important than maintenance of peace and necessary resources would continue to be provided for this purpose in future as well. He said Pakistan was passing through a critical phase of its history and collective efforts were needed to control lawlessness and ensure a safe and prosperous future for the coming generation. He said the current situation demanded that no effort be spared by the law enforcement agencies in performing their duties in an efficient manner. He ordered close monitoring of the processions on the martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) and said security plan evolved for this purpose should be strictly implemented. He said that police should perform its duties efficiently and dedicatedly to foil nefarious designs of anti-social elements while police officers should personally remain present in the field. The CM issued instructions for improving security arrangements in the province and directed that strict checking of entry and exit points of Punjab be undertaken while digital technology should be used for this purpose. He expressed his extreme displeasure over delay in the purchase of necessary equipment for the monitoring of entry and exit points of the province and directed that digital equipment for monitoring be purchased immediately and its installation be completed at the earliest. A report regarding the operation against terrorists in Pind Arayan was also presented to Shahbaz Sharif. He appreciated the courage and bravery of officers and jawans of police and law enforcement agencies which resulted in the success of the operation against terrorists and said that security forces had displayed extreme professionalism for thwarting the nefarious designs of terrorists. He said Shaheed official Sabir Hussain was a national hero who sacrificed his life for the country. Secretary Home gave briefing regarding law and order. Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Col (R) Shuja Khanzada, MNA Hamza Shahbaz, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Chief Secretary, Acting Inspector General Police, Secretary Home and the officers concerned attended the meeting. (Courtesy: The News)