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Environmentalists for establishing of Alternate Energy Development Board.

KARACHI, June 29, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Environmentalists and scientists have recommended foe establishing of the Alternate Energy Development Board in the province. Speaking at a session organized by the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) they also suggested allocation of funds for cheapest energy systems like solar and wind energy. According to a NFEH press release issued here on Tuesday the session was chaired by Askari Taqvi, former Sindh Minister for Environment and Alternative Energy. The former minister said that it was the need of hour to raise awareness among people about environmental issues. He mentioned that lands were allotted to more than 30 companies in Sindh, two years ago, for producing solar and wind energy, however, progress is still awaited. Taqvi said many projects of alternate energy were in pending for long time and there was dire need to accord them top priority. The former minister suggested transformation all outdoor lights into solar based illumination. He said that private organizations must come forward to promote cheap source of energy. Other experts including Dr. Talha Hussain and Rajab Zakir, running their small scale green environment projects urged for concerted efforts to tap alternative energy sources in the country so as to handle power crisis in the country. Chairman NFEH Naeem Qureshi said air and noise pollution have risen to an alarming level in Karachi. He suggested that federal and provincial governments must utilize Rs. 300 million allocated for Urban CNG Transport in collaboration with the private sectors. The activist also recommended strict implementation of environmental laws. Acknowledging relevance of alternative energy, he suggested that joint meetings of the City District Government of Karachi, KBCA and all construction companies must be regularly held to get materialized solar and wind energy options available in the port city.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 29, 2010
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