CM Elahi gives go-ahead for 55MW power generation from solid waste

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Thursday approved the production of a waste-to-energy project for Lahore while chairing a meeting with a Norwegian firm (ENATE), which offers to generate 55 megawatts of electricity on a daily basis for Sundar industrial estate from 1,250 tons of solid waste.

A meeting was held under the leadership of the chief minister and it discussed the way to overcome energy problems. The participants decided to explore the option of generating energy from solid waste in Lahore.

The representative of the Norwegian company, Carl Fredrik, gave a briefing on the project and offered to generate 55 megawatts of electricity from 1.250 tons of solid waste a day. The Norwegian company will initially invest $250 million on the project.

The meeting was told that 5,000 tons of garbage was being collected daily, which could generate a lot of electricity.

The chief minister said the energy obtained from solid waste would be used in the industries in the Sunder Industrial Estate. He assured the Norwegian company that the government would fully support the project.

The CM welcomed the foreign investment and assured that no bureaucratic bottleneck or dillydallying would be tolerated in the implementation of the project.

MPA Sajid Ahmad Khan Bhatti, Mr Torbjoern Laudal Haugen, former principal secretary GM Sikandar, commissioner Lahore, secretary finance, secretary P&D, chairman LWMC, officials of the energy department and others attended the meeting.

FMU Rs2m donation for flood victims

Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor Faisalabad Medical University (FMU) Dr Zafar Ali Ch presented a two million rupees cheque for flood relief to Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi at his office on Thursday.

VC Lahore Medical & Dental College Prof A Majeed Chaudhry also gave a financial assistance cheque to the CM.

Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof Nadeem Hafeez Butt, secretary specialised health & medical education department and others were also present.

Parvez Elahi thanked for the donations and noted that the philanthropists had generously helped the flood victims. Meanwhile, the Punjab government was working to rehabilitate the flood-hit people with its resources and donations from philanthropists; he maintained and added that a composite programme was being implemented to resettle the distressed people. Alongside this, armed forces had also done valuable work for the flood victims, he said.


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