'Solar Energy System' in BHUs to be installed across Punjab

The Punjab government has decided to install 'Solar Energy System' in Basic Health Units (BHUs) across the province of Punjab with a sum of Rs 1304.351 million. Under the scheme, the government will complete the project in 16 months. Punjab Health Department will be responsible for overall operation and maintenance after the contract period, while Energy Department will provide requisite technical support, to ensure smooth functioning of solar system. Maximum life of UPS, already installed in BHUs, is calculated for two years, while the solar energy system is now replacing the slow backup system.

The Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) in its 45th meeting, held here on Tuesday, accorded approval for implementation of scheme of energy sector titled "Solar Solutions for BHUs in Punjab" with an estimated cost of Rs 1304.351 million. Chairman P&D Jahanzeb Khan chaired the PDWP meeting, which was also attended by Provincial Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, Secretary Energy Asad Rehman Gillani, Secretary Agriculture Captain Mehmood (Retd), Secretary Livestock Naseem Sadiq, Members P&D Board, Dr Abid Bodla and other representatives of different departments attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Chairman P&D said that efficient energy would be provided in the BHUs across Punjab, adding solar solutions system was being designed for installation on pillars to be constructed at the roof top of the BHUs buildings. The PDWP was also informed that the Punjab government remained committed to promote sustainable livestock development in the province. In this connection, 29,520 heifers including 39,600 sheep & goats would be procured to handover to the poor women to redress their poverty. Poverty alleviation poor women scheme (Rs 4016.800 m) is being initially funded through ADP Rs 672.55 million & Rs 925.774 million under Kisan package.

Punjab government had succeeded to attract private investment in energy sector and a number of power projects were under completion. "These projects are scheduled on fast track completion within two years and over 8,000MW will be added to the national grid by those private sector projects.