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Rs.200m released for Lawi power project in Chitral

PESHAWAR, Nov 8: Rs.200m released for Lawi power project in Chitral. The KP government has approved the release of Rs.8.8 billion for the construction of major and small hydel power stations, including Lawi power project in lower Chitral.

One of the projects included the construction of Koto Hydel Power Project in Dir Lower with power generation capacity of 40.8 MW for which Rs.1,453 million have been released. It will be completed with the estimated cost of Rs.12 billion while its tender bids have been opened last month. The rest of the projects included the construction of Matiltan Hydro Power Project in Swat district having the capacity of 84 MW for which Rs. 1,020.968 have been released.

Similarly, Rs.757.905 million have been released for the construction of Karora  HPP in Shangla district, Rs. 735.198m for Jabori HPP in district Mansehra, Rs. 1,706.810m for Daral Khwar HPP in Swat district and Rs.199.997m for Lawi HPP 69 MW in Chitral district. Besides, Rs. 303.560m have also been released for feasibility studies of small power generation sites Phase-I that will yield total electricity of 2000 MW of upto 15 MW small units while Rs. 341.560m released for feasibility studies of raw sites Phase-II wherein small power houses upto 10 MW will be setup in 12 districts of the province and it would produce a total volume of 1000 MW electricity.

The 9th important project is about construction of 356 mini/micro hydel stations for which Rs. 2,379.000m have been released. This plan was inaugurated through PTI chairman Imran Khan by laying foundation stone of 56KW Sakhra Lalkahoo micro hydel station in Tehsil Matta Swat on August 7 this year. The KP govt has already decided that under first phase of the energy plan, the provincial government would establish 356 small hydel power stations at village and town levels in remote areas of the province with cost of Rs.12 b whereas Rs.6.70 billion have been allocated for it.

The decisions were taken in the 6th meeting of the Board of Hydel Development under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa department of Power & Energy held here with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair at Chief Minister’s Secretariat Peshawar. Those who attended included  Minister Energy & Power Mohammad Atif Khan, Minister Finance Muzaffar Said, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mohammad Ishfaq Khan Secretary Energy & Power Sahibzada Saeed Ahmad, CEO PEDO Bahadar Shah, representative of  BoK, State Bank and other concerned sectors. The Chief Minister directed the authorities of the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) for the best utilization of the allocated resources to arrest the prevailing energy crisis, initiating hydropower projects and taking emergency measures for its timely completion.

The meeting also approved multi audit mechanism for judicious and transparent expenditures of the allocated funds. Pervez Khattak said that expeditious measures would not only help in speedy control over energy shortage in the province, but would also generate maximum economic and employment opportunities to put the people on the track of progress and prosperity.

Rs.200m released for Lawi power project in Chitral.

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