<![CDATA[Two years ago, the SRSP launched work on the construction of a 720 KW powerhouse in Mastuj and promised that it would be completed in nine months. The powerhouse was to be set up at a cost of Rs140 million. However, work at the site faced delays right from the beginning. engineers and other experts were of the view that to establish a powerhouse for generating 720KW there were a number of requirement such as the water should fall into the plant from the height of at least 64m and the intake of the water should not be less than 132 cusecs. For this, they added, the water channel should be six feet wide and six feet deep. However, the water channel of the powerhouse was designed to be 4x4 feet while the diameter of the penstoke pipe is five feet. Based on these features, one can imagine how the powerhouse can generate 720 KW. the intake of the water is just 70 cusecs against the requirement of 132 cusecs. This powerhouse, as a result, is generating only 320 KW. which can even not meet the requirement of the Mastuj town. Through this online newspaper, I would like to request the SRSP to hire the services of qualified and experienced engineers to achieve the set target of the powerhouse. It is necessary that the water channel of the powerhouse is widened and deepened by two feet each for which the SRSP need to release more funds. The project of this powerhouse is almost in the doldrums for the last two years and the residents want to get it completed so that the requirements of the Mastuj town and nearby areas could be met. M. Karim Shah, Mastuj.]]>
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he fundan etu dity reshno damaged bijlighara legeran ma khiala shaw beseer wa saf zhaghan kicha rosht koraw ushoy koreseer,pisa kia raay
A xan to di pho kiag angi ki shetraro bachen. Khali lo dik wa.
The minor powerhouse conducted by SRSP in Golen Gol upon the expenditure of approx 35 million has already failed to enlight the town, is there none to monitor or reckon these things. Is the money begged or borrowed under the curse of poverty is so lavishly misused.
Blowing things out of proportion:
The criticism of Mastuj Hydel Station being constructed by Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) is the work of a mind which twists facts to create sensationalism and cheap popularity.
The fact of the matter is that the SRSP engineers inspecting the project a few weeks back had noted that the slope of the channel had not been strictly adhered to by the contractor.
As a result, it was not possible for the channel to carry the exact cusecs of water needed to run the 750 kilowatts hydel station. This could be easily corrected if the channels walls were raised at points where the channel slope had problems. Work to address this issue has already been started by SRSP and is likely to be completed in the next few days.
When something has been internally identified and addressed why are threats hurled at the organisation and cheap politicking done at the expense of the development in the area? For months we heard similar stories about the Golen Hydel Project in Chitral only to find that it was producing 2 megawatts of electricity which was not being supplied to the town because the politicians in Chitral wanted to satisfy their own constituencies and not allow the project mandate to be implemented. Similarly at Mastuj if water flow does not produce over 700 Kv of electricity, the organization that has raised the resources with no help from some of the petty politicians of Mastuj and successfully designed and built the engineering structure, which most people who visit it admire for the quality of its work, would obviously address. Please don’t hurl threats at people who have no obligation to serve you. Providing electricity is the responsibility of the government.
We have seen that for the last two years there is no step taken to rebuild the Reshun Power Project, which was destroyed by floods. The SRSP has been kind to help raise resources and build this project for Mastuj. We expect our politicians to do something instead of criticising good initiatives.
Inamur Rehman, Mastuj