LAHORE: Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Usman Buzdar on Tuesday directed the Punjab government to shift over 10,000 schools in South Punjab to solar power.
Buzdar directed the concerned authorities to carry out a feasibility study of the proposal and complete the conversion to solar energy by the end of the year. He also asked for primary health centres to be included in the project.
Under the project, 10,800 schools will be shifted to solar power that will ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity. Later, the project will be gradually expanded to universities, starting with the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore.
The CM expressed his desire to provide electricity through solar power to far-flung areas in the province and directed the authorities to look into the matter.
Addressing the issue of electricity theft, Buzdar asked the task force committee to step up its action against those involved in stealing electricity. He also demanded strict action taken against government employees who were assisting in electricity theft.
During the meeting, secretary power briefed the CM about the ministry’s performance and updated him on the ongoing power and solar energy projects in the province.