LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting which reviewed in detail the different projects of energy generation through alternate sources in the province. Senators, Ishaq Dar and ervaiz Rashid, prominent industrialist Mian Mansha, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Energy & Mines as well as experts in energy sector were also present in the meeting. Secretary Energy apprised the meeting of the progress of various projects of generation of energy from alternate sources. Addressing the meeting, the CM said that the energy crisis was leaving a negative impact on the economy and in order to put the country on the road to progress and promote industrial and trade activities, this crisis will have to be overcome on emergent basis. He said that Punjab government had chalked out a comprehensive programme for generating energy from alternative sources and for this purpose, not only a separate department of energy has been set up but a short and medium term policy has also been formulated for the generation of energy from different sources. He said that public-private partnership for generation of energy was also being encouraged and monthly targets were also being set for reviewing the pace of progress of the energy generation projects. He said that besides power generation projects from coal, negotiations are also underway with the sugar mills for generation of energy from biogas and soon an agreement would be given a final shape in this regard. He said that co-generation based project was a speedy source of power generation, therefore special attention should also be paid to it. He also directed to constitute a steering committee, headed by Senator Ishaq Dar, with regard to giving final shape to various practicable projects for generation of energy from alternate sources which will include prominent industrialist Mian Mansha, energy expert Nadeem Babar, Secretary Mines & Energy and other concerned officers. He said that Energy and Mines Department should continue its work on different projects of generation of energy but, side by side, steering committee should also evolve a strategy for generation of energy from different sources so that work could be started on these projects. Earlier, Secretary Energy Rab Nawaz gave a detailed briefing on progress of various energy generation projects. He told that projects of generating 500MW energy from coal have been prepared while an agreement has also been signed for purchasing 2400 ton coal daily from Balochistan government for the project of 300MW energy. He informed that planning has also been made for generation of 1000MW energy through biggas from 45 sugar mills during the next two and a half years in the province and negotiations with sugar mills owners are in final stages in this regard. The participants of the meeting also gave their suggestions regarding power generation.