PESHAWAR: Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) has made significant increase in its revenue generation through the hydro power projects in the last two years.
During the fiscal year 2018-19, a revenue worth Rs1571.14 million was generated whereas in last the fiscal year the revenue increased to Rs3458 million through different hydro power projects of the province. Similarly, through the solar projects, 44,21,663 KWh energy has been saved per year and thus saving an amount of Rs78.25 million per annum in the head of electricity bills.
This was stated during a progress review meeting of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Energy and Power Department with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair here.
The meeting was told that various hydro power projects had been completed during the last two years, including the 17 MW Ranolia hydro power project, 2.60 MW Machai HHP and 36.6 MW Dral Khwar hydro power project in Swat. The total cost of these three projects is Rs14 billion, and these projects will generate an annual revenue of Rs2.0 billion. Similarly, feasibility studies of 495 MW Kari hydro power project in Chitral and Gabral-Kalam hydro power project in Swat have also been completed.
While briefing the chief minister about progress made so far on the solarization projects, it was stated that solarization of the Chief Minister Secretariat/House, Civil Secretariat, 100 villages of central and southern districts, 300 mosques of newly-merged areas, 100 villages of northern districts had been completed whereas additional 4,000 mosques of the province would also be solarized.
Similarly, mini grid stations with generating capacity of 100 KW would be constructed in merged areas with an estimated cost of Rs869.0 million. More than 1000 direct jobs have been created through various projects of Energy sector during the last two years.
But ChitralToday has learnt that most of the over 50 small hydro power projects initiated in Lower and Upper Chitral during the last about five years have not been completed or abandoned midway.
One such project is located in Chumarkhan Gol of Chapali in Upper Chitral. About 90 per cent work on this project was completed but work at the site was abandoned.
The project was started about five years ago with a promise of its completion in about six months.
The area is without power and the residents have been appealing to the government to get the project completed.