KP CM aims for timely completion of power projects

PESHAWAR, 21 November — Prime Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan on Saturday ordered the Department of Energy and Power to ensure that all ongoing power projects are completed on time and to progress proposed projects according to the given timelines.

He expressed these views when he chaired a progress review meeting of the Department of Energy and Power the other day.

KP CM described the establishment of the Provincial Transmission and Shipping Company as an important step of the provincial government towards power-related issues and ordered the relevant authorities to start the recruitment process for the company as soon as possible so that the company without any delay can be established.

The participants in the meeting on the progress made so far with power projects in the province were informed that a total of eight projects are reflected in the Annual Development Program 2020-21, six of which were approved by the competent forum, while PC-1s from the remaining two were prepared and submitted for approval.

The bid was received for a 300 MW Balakot hydropower project worth Rs 4352 million, and construction is expected to start by February 20221, while 93 percent of work on phase 1 of the 356 mini-hydropower project has already been completed.

The meeting was further informed that progress with the 88 MW Gabral hydropower project and the 157 MW Madayan hydropower project will be ensured according to the specified timelines, while the civil and mechanical work on the 17 MW Ranolia power project is completed.

He said 60 percent civilian work on the 84 MW Gorkin Matiltan power project and 97 percent civilian work on the 10 MW Jabori power project had been completed.

The meeting announced that the pioneering work of the 10.5 MW Chapri Charkhel power project in the Kurram district would be carried out in January 2021 and the project would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs. 4378 million.

With regard to the establishment of the Provincial Transmission and Shipping Company, it has been approved that the feasibility study has been prepared and submitted to the relevant forum, and it is expected that the license for the establishment of the company will be issued by NEPRA next month.

As for the zoning project of the department, it has been notified that the contract has been awarded for the zoning of 8000 public schools in the province, while the contract for the zoning of 187 basic health units will be awarded soon.

He added that progress was being made with the solar electrification of 4000 mosques in the province according to the given timelines.

The meeting, among others, was attended by CM Energy Adviser Himayatullah Khan and Energy and Power Secretary Muhammad Zubair.

Representatives of Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) and other quarters involved were also present at the event.

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