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     July 05,  2015



CM inaugurates 40.8 MW Koto Hydro power project near Timergarah

Chitral Times Report

PESHAWAR: Reiterating the PTI-led provincial government resolve for achieving self reliance in electricity production and overcoming the prevailing power crisis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak revealed that the provincial government has fixed a target of 4000 Megawatt hydro power production in the province by exploiting the rich water resources of Northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He urged the federal government to support Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for generating cheap electricity from hydel resources of the province instead of using oil and coal for this purpose which costs much heavier then natural water inputs, he added. He said that unprecedented corrupt practices involved in the power generation through IPPs may be undermined if the federal government opts for producing electricity by exploiting the rich hydel resources of the province. He, however, regretted that the federal government was paying no heed to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governmentís hue and cry in this connection.

Speaking at ground breaking ceremony of 40.8 MW Koto Hydro power project near Timergarah, district Lower Dir on Saturday, Pervez Khattak told that KP government would complete 356 micro hydropower projects of 35 MW electricity generation within one year in northern areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that the electricity to be generated through these projects would be made available for o the local communities on much cheaper price.
The Chairman Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, Imran Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister, Muzzaffar Said, and Education and Power Minister, Muhammad Atif also addressed the ceremony.

Koto Hydropower project will be completed in four years at a cost of Rs. 14.76 billion and all financial resources for the project would be provided by the provincial government. On completion the project will generate annual revenue of 1.97 billion rupees.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was seriously considering the power generation projects from its own resources under the power emergency action plan as it was fully convinced that overcoming the power outages was impossible without producing more electricity on priority basis. He said that people of the country were unable to afford heavy priced electricity and thatís why was following the strategy of producing cheap electricity by exploiting the available water resources.

Explaining difference between the present PTI and previous governments, Chief Minister said that the present PTI government was striving for changing the system for ensuring provision of rights and justice to the poor and common people of the province adding that any corrupt system cannot provide self respect of the poor and down trodden people. He said that the powers at every level were being devolved at the lower level and the governmentís services institutions like health, education and industries were being made autonomous to enable them to solve their problems by themselves.


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