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