LAHORE: Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif while chairing a high level meeting of the Punjab Energy Council in Lahore on Saturday, approved the master plan for the development of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, DawnNews reported.

The park, funded by Chinese company TBEA, is to be constructed in Cholistan near Yazman and is 30 kilometres from Bahawalpur.

The solar project, which is to be set up on 5,000 acres, would produce 1,000 MW when completed.

The CM said that the first phase would be the development of eight projects of 50 Megawatts each.

He ordered the upgrading of the transmission line and the development of an infrastructure grid to hurry the developmental process.

He also approved the use of water from a canal near to the area for the project's development.

CM Sharif was hopeful that the project would ensure continuous production of energy for the province.

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