Solar project in Punjab falls prey to bureaucratic delays

STAFF REPORT LHR: Procedural delays and lack of required funds have emerged as biggest hurdles to execution of a flagship solar power project in Punjab.

Sources close to the development disclosed to this scribe that funds have not yet been released by the Punjab government to the company tasked with executing work on the much-touted solar power park announced by the government which is planning to complete the projects first phase by early this year.

In the present situation, it is highly unlikely that the project starts power generation in the current financial year while it would be a Herculean task to even complete it by the end of calendar year 2014, the sources said.

Owing to a casual attitude of the bureaucracy and veiled or open opposition by various quarters, the establishment of the 100-MW solar power project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park faces hard hurdles and bottlenecks, the sources said.

Though the provincial govt has managed to start work on the road linking to the project site in Bahawalpur district, nothing else could be done in financial terms for the project.

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