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     December 13,  2015



Brig. Ziaul Islam inaugurates power project of 200kw in Border village of Arandu

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: It was a rare occasion for the residents of the border village of Arandu to get electricity as the mini hydro power project was inaugurated by sector commander North of Frontier Corps, Brigadier Zia Ul Islam in a ceremony largely attended by the locals.

The power project executed by Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) with the financial assistance of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund has a generation capacity of 200 kW will electrify 400 households of the border area.

The regional program manager of AKRSP, Sardar Ayub briefing about the project, said that its total cost was 17.270 rupees which was completed in a period of two years and its operation is entrusted to the local community.

He said that his organization had carried out a number of interventions in the area in the recent past and completed forty projects of community infrastructures which included link roads, drinking water supply schemes, irrigation channels and others.

Brigadier expressed his pleasure over the active participation of the community in the completion of the project and said that the electricity will improve their living standard and also create job opportunities for them by promoting the cottage industry.

He appreciated the role of the local community for maintaining peace and tranquility in the area which was necessary for carrying out development activities and assured them that Pak Army will continue to solve the issues faced by them.

Later, he distributed relief items among the poor people of the area affected by earthquake and visited the local government-run high School and had interaction with the students about their academic progress.

The commandant of Chitral Scouts colonel Nizam Ud Din Shah also addressed the ceremony and hailed the participatory approach of the community for accomplishment of their development projects.

The member of tehsil council from Arandu, Haji Sultan Muhammad highlighted the issues of the area in the field of development which included resumption of work on main Arandu Road and appreciated the contribution of AKRSP in its development.



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