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  February 18, 2017


Seminar on Chitral's role in CPEC in the next month

By Zahiruddin

MNA from Chitral ShahzadaIftikharud Din has said that the fabulous potential of hydro-electric generation in the district will be exploited to its optimum under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) development program which will fulfill contribute to about half the total of the country’s demand of electricity at cheapest rate per unit.

Talking to the media on telephone from Islamabad here on Friday, he said that a seminar on ‘Chitral’s role in CPEC’ was being held in the next month in Chitral to highlight its importance and sensitize the stake holders related with the hydro power generation.

He said that the federal minister for planning ,development and reforms, Ahsan Iqbal and joint chairman on CPEC in Senate and National Assembly, Mushahid Hussain Syed will participate in the seminar while the heads of Planning Commission, WAPDA and Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organzation (PEDO) will also participate as stake holders pertaining to hydro-electricity.

The lawmaker from Chitral said that initially seven sites have been singled out to be put up in the seminar which included Kari-Broze project (455 MW), Kessu-Sweer (300 MW), Kuragh-Mori Lusht (262 MW), Atahk (200 MW), Laspur-Sarghuz (165 MW) and Shoghor-Seen (132MW).

He said that there scores of other sites for hydro- power project were available in Chitral whose feasibility study was ye to be undertaken due to resource constraint.

Mr. iftikharud Din said that all other subjects related to the rapid development of Chitral will also be concentrated upon which will result in the poverty reduction which included promotion of tourism industry and exploitation of mines and minerals as well as the gems and precious stones.

He said that the ambassador of China to Pakistan was also being approached for his participation along with other senior diplomats and the state actors for development.

He said that Chitral presented the best option as alternate way of CPEC and the completion of the 9 kilometer long Lowari tunnel providing all weather route to the district had made it possible to extend it to the Central Asian republics through the Wakhan Corridors.

The MNA said that the seminar will bring to limelight the rank, position and significance of the hitherto neglected part of the country in its extreme north and the leverage it holds to contribute to the progress and prosperity of the nation.
He said that a wide spectrum of the local stake holders were being invited to expose the vista and potential they wielded in the CPEC project.

ShahzadaIftikharud Din had visited Karamay, Urumchi and Kashghar China as part of the official delegation of CPEC in August 2015.



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