Problem of power cuts turning bad to worse


Staff Reporter

Lahore—A two-day International Conference on the theme of “Energy for Environmental and Economic Sustainability” was held by University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore in collaboration with Texas Tech University (TTU), USA, National Science Foundation, USA and International Association for Hydrogen Energy, USA here today. Renowned scholars, scientists, industrialists and analysts from China, Japan, US, UK, Canada, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, Romania, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, Libya, Algeria, Iran shared new ideas and latest research on various forms of energy.
Addressing the conference, chief guest Minister for Mines and Minerals Punjab Ch. Sher Ali Khan said that Punjab government has launched the world largest solar power project of one thousand MW in Bhawalpur, the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, hopefully, to be completed by the end of this year. Out of that project, the first 100MW facilities were already commissioned in May, last year. He appreciated UMT’s endeavors for organizing the international conference aiming at presenting solutions on energy. He said all developing countries are suffering of the power where Pakistan is no exception to this situation. Referring to initiatives taken by the current government, Mr. Khan said that the government is trying its best to fulfill energy needs of the country, he said.
Chairman Higher Education Commission Punjab, Prof. Dr. Nizamud Din also spoke on the occasion. He said energy plays critical role in the development of countries. Dangerous climate changes are jeopardizing human health conditions since the industrial revolution and its solution lies in non-polluted and clean energy like solar and wind energy.

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