‘8,000MW renewable energy to be generated by 2025’

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The National Assembly was informed on Monday that the government is planning to generate 8,000 megawatts of electricity through renewable sources by 2025.

Replying to a question during the question hour, Power Division Minister Omer Ayub Khan informed that 11 wind energy-based projects have been approved to generate affordable electricity. “Around 85pc electricity will be produced through domestic resources so that the commodity could be provided to the consumers on affordable rates,” he added.

The minister further informed that a total of 33 renewable energy projects with a cumulative capacity of over 1,716MW were developed during the tenures of the last two governments. “These renewable energy-based power generation projects were developed by private investors while no government funds were involved.”

Answering another question, Omer Ayub said that 18 exploratory wells have so far been drilled in the offshore area but unfortunately all of them were found to be dry.

HAZARA MOTORWAY INAUGURATION

Meanwhile, Communication Minister Murad Saeed said that Hazara Motorway has been completed and would be opened on Friday.

Responding to a point of order, he said the previous government had changed the design of the motorway to facilitate some influentials, which resulted in exceeding the cost as well as the timeframe for the completion of the project.

The House adopted a resolution to extend the ‘Recovery of Mortgaged-backed Security Ordinance 2019’ for a period of 120 days with effect from 15th Nov.

Moreover, ‘Tax Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2019’ and ‘Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) 2019’ were also laid before the National Assembly.

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