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     September 30,  2015



Swiss ambassador Marc George inaugurates the  micro hdyro power station in Laspur 

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: Eight thousand people of Raman village in Laspur valley of upper Chitral will get electricity before the advent of forthcoming winter season during which the temperature remains below the freezing point as the micro hydro power station built by Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) was commissioned to work here on Tuesday.

Accompanied by chief executive officer of Aga Khan Foundation, Akhtar Iqbal, the Swiss ambassador to Pakistan, Marc George flew to the village to inaugurate the facility which was financed by Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC).

Speaking on the occasion, the Swiss ambassador expressed his pleasure over the completion of the hydro power project with the active participation of the local community and said that the project will now improve the standard of life of the people while the area faced acute shortage of wood for heating and cooking purposes.

“I also belonged to a mountainous area like Laspur and know the problems of the people in all sectors of development and feel how the electricity is crucial for their uplift and conervaation of environment”, he said.

He eulogized the efficiency of the AKRSP in development of power in the area and social organization process which brought about social cohesion in the area and the completion of the power project by the community is the outcome of it.

He said that about one hundred years ago, his country was also as backward as Laspur valley and the rest of Chitral but the people developed a penchant for collective development and worked relentlessly to achieve the goal of development.

Addressing on the occasion, the district nazim Maghfirat Shah said that the new district government of Chitral will fully exploit and develop the natural resources of the area to eradicate poverty and indigence from Chitral.

He reiterated that the new district government will foster amity, peace and communal harmony in the area which are prerequisite for progress and development while it is also a fact that only conducive and congenial atmosphere can attract the donors to a place.

Mr. Shah said that the hydro power project at Raman Laspur was a symbol of the achievement of community who had completed the biggest ever power project which will prove as catalyst for economic activities as the valley was situated on Gilgit-Baltistan road.

The district nazim pledged to lend all possible support to the non-governmental organizations in the district which had played a vital role in its development.

The general manager of AKRSP, Abdul Malik, regional program manager Sardar Ayub, Chitral DC Aminul Haq, community leaders Hasil Murad, Rashida and others also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of the power project and said that women folk will be benefitted of it specially.

They said that electric power will now replace the dung cakes and woods for cooking and lighting purposes which emitted smokes and posed a health hazard for the women folk..

The guests were enthralled by traditional musical concert by the local people.



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