30,000 tube wells in Balochistan to be converted to solar power
ISLAMABAD: The federal government along with the government of Balochistan have agreed to conduct feasibility within one month for installation of thirty thousand solar tube wells by replacing the existing conventional tube wells.
Federal minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari took the decision on Thursday under special instructions from Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Government of Balochistan, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Power Division.The meeting took stock of the entire spectrum of converting the existing thirty thousand tube wells on solar power.
Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) will prepare the technical proposal regarding smooth transition from electricity to solar power. Furthermore, both QESCO and Balochistan government will jointly prepare a workable document over the technical modalities and the financial costs for the installation of these tubules within the time frame.
Federal minister Laghari expressing his views said that government is paying 23 billion rupees per year as subsidy for these thirty thousands tube wells and their conversion to solar power will result in lessening burden on national exchequer.
The conversion will lead towards ensured power supply on affordable rates to agriculturists and in increase in productivity.
The federal minister also noted that the present capacity of these tubewells is 900MW, and the conversion save the electricity. He said that all illegal connections will also be exposed and proper action can be taken.
The meeting was informed that federal government is ready to invest in solar tube wells and will extend all out support in this regard. This step will encourage off-grid solutions for the far flung areas of Balochistan in the near future.