Provincial Minister for Energy Dr. Akhtar Malik has laid the foundation stone of a 2.5 MW solar energy project at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. Talking to media persons on the occasion, the Provincial Minister said that the present government was working fast to increase efficiency and productivity in the power sector. Currently power supply projects are underway in 43 universities in the Punjab.
The solar energy project to be set up at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur will generate 3.906 million units of electricity annually which will save Rs. 70 million. The project will be completed by the end of March. Vice Chancellor, Engr. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob, Secretary Energy Department Muhammad Aamir Jan, Member National Assembly, Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, Members Provincial Assembly, Dr. Muhammad Afzal and Chaudhry Ahsan-ul-Haq, President Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industries Chaudhry Tanveer Mahmood, Deans, citizens, media representatives, teachers and students were present in large numbers. The Provincial Minister said that the present government had redefined its priorities and formulated policies in line with national interests and aspirations. The Energy Department was activated and steps were taken to provide affordable electricity through alternative renewable energy sources. He said that the energy project of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur was a gift from the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan for the people of Bahawalpur.