Rumbur valley to get power supply


[/caption] CHITRAL, July 19: Kalash people of Rumbur valley will get electricity early next year, as a local development organisation has started work on Kalasha Hydropower Project (KHP), a micro hydropower station with a generation capacity of 250 kilowatts. Rural Community Development Programme (RCDP) is building the project at a cost of Rs21.32 million. Speaking at a function to inaugurate work on the project, the programme coordinator Engineer Taimur Shah said that the project being funded by the USAID would be completed with the community participation. He said that the KHP was aimed at saving environment of the valley by decreasing people’s dependence on oak and deodar trees for heating and cooking purposes. He said that depleting forest cover had caused floods in recent past and switching over to hydropower generation for domestic use was the best way to save forests. Mr Shah said that power supply in the valley would also help in raising the standard of life of residents, providing them additional means of income generation. He said that cottage industry and fruit processing were the two sectors, which provided opportunities of income generation to local people, while commercial scale production in any industry needed electricity. He said that with the provision of electricity flow of tourists to the valley would increase manifold. Speaking on the occasion, Chitral DCO Rahmatullah Wazir said that Chitral was bestowed with fabulous waterfalls having generation capacity of over 10,000 megawatts of electricity, which, if exploited, could solve the country’s power crisis. He said that the provincial government had identified a number of hydropower projects in Chitral while work on one of them had been started recently in Lawi Drosh with a generation capacity of 69 megawatts. Mr Wazir asked the Kalash community to efficiently manage the KHP locally once it was completed. On this occasion, a number of Kalash elders, including Barzangi Khan, Wazirzada and others praised efforts of the RCDP for providing electricity in the valley.–Dawn]]>

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