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Efforts on to implement energy plan of generating 2,500MW

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Irrigation and Energy and Power Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao Tuesday said that completion of Rs5 billion micro hydel power projects by next year would generate 50MW electricity.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of T-34 hydel turbine at the site of Khanpur Dam in district Haripur, he said that the coalition government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is implementing energy action plan with due sincerity that would produce 2,500MW electricity. He said that energy crisis is an important issue of the province, hence the provincial government imposed emergency in this sector soon after coming to power.

He said the KPK province has enough water resources and the energy demand of the province could be met besides putting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the path of prosperity by utilising these resources.

The minister lamented that despite producing 3,000MW electricity and having huge reservoirs of oil and gas the province is not that much developed and prosperous as it should be and that is because of law and order situation. He said that terrorism is a national issue and needs to be addressed on priority basis, adding that the central government should have to take emergency measures in this regard.

Earlier, the minister inaugurated T-34 hydel-turbine that was made by Chief Executive of Chitral Engineering Works Chaudhry Akhtar. He has 28 years experience in Hydel field and already made up to 500 Hydel turbines like T-32 and T-33 which are successfully functioning in Chitral district and generating electricity. The minister appreciated the works of Chaudhry Akhtar and assured provincial government’s support for him and other talented people for their encouragement.

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