By: Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: Work started on 600 KV hydro power house at Sewakht village of Shughoor valley. Chitral witnessed a new era in micro hydro development sector when local Engineers made 800 feet long tunnel water channel to run a micro hydro power station producing 600 KW electricity at Karimabad valley.
The tunnel, first of its nature by local private entity, symbolizes the commitment to development of Chitral people on self help basis when people around the country react to the energy shortfall through protests and destruction. The tunnel of 7 ft diameter was a joint venture of the local communities, GAP and Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), where GAP provided technical support to the project funded by the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). The micro hydro power l Project, providing electricity to 9 villages of Karimabad valley of Lotkoh area, will be elecmanaged by the local community based power committee with the technical support of any energy company hired at local or national level.
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