WB delegation expresses concern over slow pace of solar energy projects

WB delegation expresses concern over slow pace of solar energy projects

KARACHI: The World Bank (WB) delegation led by Senior Energy Expert Oliver Knight, in a meeting with Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh here Tuesday, expressed concern over slow pace of work on solar energy projects for energizing government schools, rural health centres and villages in the far flung areas of the province.

Responding quickly upon the complaint, the Minister appointed Engineer Mehfooz Qazi as Project Director Sindh Solar Energy to gear up the pace of the World Bank funded project to provide solar energy to 5000 schools, rural health centres and 200 villages.

Imtiaz Sheikh assured the delegation that he himself would be monitoring the solar energy projects. He on the occasion directed the officers concerned to complete the on-going projects within stipulated time and submit a report regarding all the projects within a week. Stressing the need for timely completion of projects, he said the delay in completion of projects not only delays the provision of facilities to the masses but also increases the cost of the project. The minister instructed the officers to ensure removal of all kinds of hurdles in timely completion of projects.

The World Bank delegation after assurance of the Minister, expressed their satisfaction. The delegates assured that the Bank would continue its support to the Sindh government in energy projects.

Secretary Sindh Energy Department Rashid Hussain Qazi, Director Alternative Energy Board Mehfooz Qazi and others were present during the meeting.