Green energy: Sindh govt to allot land for wind power projects

Published: April 17, 2012

Generate 3,000 megawatts (MW) power from wind mills in 18 months.

KARACHI: 

The Sindh government has decided to allot 26,000 acres of land among eight foreign and four local investors, to generate 3,000 megawatts (MW) power from wind mills in 18 months.

This was decided at a meeting, presided by Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah, at the CM House on Monday. Sindh Board of Investment chairman Zubair Motiwala, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas, Additional Chief Secretary Malik Israr, Board of Revenue’s Shahzor Shamoon, Finance secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, deputy commissioners of Thatta and Jamshoro, among others.

Officials were informed about a wind path in Jhimpir, which could be utilised for generating electricity. The meeting decided that further investments into wind mill projects will be finalised after talks with the federal government.

Board of investigation secretary Naheed Shah Durrani and land utilisation (board of revenue) secretary Ghulam Mustafa Phul pointed out that land for wind power projects was being allotted in Thatta and Jamshoro districts for a lease of 30 years, with a rent of Rs500 per acre per annum for the first ten years.

This turns out to a rent of Rs50 per square yard per annum.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2012.

Reader Comments (3)

  • DevilHunterX
    Apr 17, 2012 - 10:36AM

    They should assign one politician for each windmill. The constant hot-air they keep giving out will run the windmill for all eternity

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  • Kamran
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:57AM

    Why did these Morons take 4 years to decide that in 18 months they can produce 3000MW of Electricity through wind, I think just for this purpose they should be thrown out of the Govt.
    Since every single person in Pakistan knew that we can generate electricity through Wind Power.
    I would also suggest investing in the Solar Power as well.

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  • OldPak
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:30AM

    Be careful of Heavy Investment without prior trial n' error period. Don't forget the repair, maintenance & replacement cost due to high temperature and sand in the air that even stalls U.S. Choppers. Remember your radio nobs make "kir kir" sound? That's from the sand inside cutting the inner plates after turning it into a sand-paper. Outside shine & paint will be gone in few days.

    My fear; The initial money makers will be gone in months, the secondary owners will be stuck with transportation, installation and repair/maintenance jobs. Just to give an idea: The largest trailer can carry only One Wing(out of three) of this Wind Mill at one-time on it’s truck. You have to give it a try though.

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