A costly machine that was made to rust?

Photo by GH Fraooqui Photo by GH Fraooqui[/caption] Among these villages are Brep, Istach, Dizg, Khruzg, Marting, Phashk, Bang, Birzoz etc. where people are enjoying round-the-clock cheap electricity. With this, purchase of appliances like fridges, deep freezers, irons, and fans has increased and these appliances are becoming a necessity in people’s life. The reason again is availability of cheap and uninterrupted electricity. Some NGOs have helped the local people in establishing small hydro powerhouses in almost all villages and now the communities are maintaining and running them on their own. In the early 1990s, the establishment of these powerhouses had not become so common. During the second tenure of Benazir Bhutto as prime minister, a heavy diesel generator was sanctioned for the Brep village to provide electricity to the local people. As at that time, there was only a jeep track to the area, and the people expanded the road voluntarily from Booni to Brep (about 75 kilometres) so that the generator could be brought to the village in a truck. The local residents also contributed money to build a room for the generator after purchasing a piece of land. In 1995, the generator was at last brought to the area but after that neither the government provided any expertise nor fuel to run the generator. Now as the village is self-sufficient in cheap electricity being generated in Grover village, the generator has become a headache for the area. The residents of the villages told chitraltoday.net that the generator was getting rust and its spare parts were even being stolen away. They said as they no more needed this machine and neither was it of any use for them, the government better take it away to be utilized somewhere else. It may be noted that a similar generator was also provided to Mastuj which also met the same fate as that of Brep.]]>

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