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THIS is apropos some letters and an article, ‘Norway leads world in turning waste into energy’ (June 15).

In the last few days so much has been suggested on the subject. Everyone is interested in building dams, without realising the impact on environment, cost, time and socioeconomic effects.

Both letters have valuable suggestions.

The government may contact Dr Saleem Ahmed, Honolulu, USA, to work on solar energy project in Pakistan.

It is hoped that the government of Nawaz Sharif and the committee will examine the proposals. Solar energy could be an immediate solution to the energy crisis..

If the government has to subside, it should be solar energy rather the electricity provided by Wapda.

Also, generators, both gas and on petrol, should be banned.

These create noise pollution and increases the import bill of furnace oil.

The design of the house should cover every nook and corner of available space without any extras and instead the cost saved should be provided for solar energy. The government on its part may allow duty-free, import or minimum of duty, say five per cent, for solar equipment for domestic use.

M.K. SUFI Islamabad Citizens Committee

Buying gas from US

IT is true that the US always helps Pakistan in times of our need. Therefore, we should not rouse anti-American sentiments in our people and instead work out a meaningful dialogue to end hostile sentiments, as this would benefit Pakistan in the long run.

According to a report in Dawn, the US raised its own oil output to a million barrel a day due to exploitation of shale oil, while the gas output was also raised due to exploitation of shale gas reserve.

Now the gas is very cheap in the US. Pakistan should ask the US to help in exploration of shale gas with the financial help of Saudi Arabia, a pre-requisite for our cancellation of the Pakistan-Iran gas line.

Iranian gas would be very costly, thrice as compared to the international price of gas. That is against our interest to build a pipeline that would raise the cost of energy thrice.


Comments (8) Closed

Ronz Jun 24, 2013 09:21am

The Govt has to make money through kick backs. How can they do so when they won't have any projects. They don't want the country to more forward, they will never allow us solar subsidy

jpsundriyal Jun 24, 2013 05:53pm

solar energy is quick solution,..a time saver,environment saver and easy to install ..Gujrat has installed many stations and is thus energy surplus state of India.

Riaz Ahmad Jun 24, 2013 07:03pm

When a corrupt government with the help of corrupt bureaucracy is ruling corrupt and dishonest masses, nothing will happen, it is as simple as that.

Emm Jun 24, 2013 07:48pm

The contents of the letter are quite interesting. Solar energy will work in off-grid locations and that too the photovoltaic type. It is too expensive for the industry and storage issues make it impractical. It will work for the domestic sector and that too in rural areas. Its payback for rural areas is however high and needs Govt support. It will not be very helpful in building up our water resources so dams are needed --- apologies to the environmentalists! The Iran gas pipeline is vital for us and shale gas is a thing of the future -- say 5 to 7 years. Will the US help us? Has it really helped us in our time of need? Very debatable.

Razzaq Jun 25, 2013 03:03am

I am glad that ordinary people have at last beginning to write about solar powered energy option. No doubt this option could solve the energy problem on immediate basis but and it is a big BUT, the government does not seem to be interested in it simply to protect it's vested interest with IPPs. I have written before and I am doing the same again that if solar kits are allowed duty free for a year, majority of properties would install the system independently and then send the divorce notices to Wapda and the KESC. Do you think the government would like this?

Yawar Jun 25, 2013 05:19am

We need thousands of megawatts and not thousands of kilowatts. Solar energy is good for small installations and homes, but not for entire towns and cities and large industry.

Muhammed Jami Jun 25, 2013 08:58am

lolzZ i feel for the Mr shahid, logic be damned before long he'll be flooded with abuse from the trolls on his rational concerns about pak-iran gas pipe line

A concerned Pakistani Jun 25, 2013 09:25am
Good suggestions if implemented. In addition to above I want to suggest some measures to minimize energy crisis and want to put these proposals before Khaja Asif that 1- Electricity theft should be stopped forthwith. 2-Electricity must be disconnected of those people/organizations and industrial units who are dont pay bill on regular basis. 3- Line losses must be controlled. 4- Sindh and Baluchistan must start producing electricity by using their coastal areas to produce the wind energy. 5- KPK must put emphasis to build small dams and must enhance capacity of Tarbela and other dams. 6- Punjab should shift the whole province on solar energy. 7-Federal Govt. must complete the IPI Gas pipe line within weeks. 08- Along with that Nuclear Power Plants may be installed in the country with the help of China and America. 09 Lincences should be given to IPPS and RPPs on merit basis to produce the Electricity. 10- Energy prodution must be started as soon as possible from cheap rich energy source like thermal power etc. with the help of Eminent Scientists of Pakistan. 11- Work should be completed soon on cheap energy sources like Bhasha Dia Mir Dam and DAsu dam etc 12-Markets must be closed in evening but 02 days holidays should be continued so that Service men can do shopping on holidays and the businesses should not be suffered. 13- Energy saving programmes must be arranged in Educational Institutions and tele films and TV radio stations must play their role to curb this menace. 14- All free units must be suspended forthwith to Wapda and associated employees until and unless this energy ciris is not ended. 15-Last but not the least Pakistan's privileged class especially Parliamentarians must surrender their salaries and perks and privileges to counter the Cirular debt because they came parliament to serve the people of Pakistan. From A concerned Pakistani