Dam­aged power sta­tion de­prives 20000 house­holds of elec­tric­ity

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - GUL HA­MAD FA­ROOQI

CHI­TRAL—De­spite mak­ing tall claims of spend-ing bil­lions of ru­pees on power and en­ergy de-vel­op­ment projects in the coun­try, so far nether fed­eral gov­ern­ment nor pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa has paid any at­ten­tion to the re­con­struc­tion of Re­shan hydro-elec­tric power house of 4.2 Megawatt which was de­stroyed dur­ing the last year floods in dis­trict Chi­tral.

Lo­cal peo­ple of Re­shan said that they have been liv­ing without elec­tric­ity since the power house was dam­aged in the floods.

They said that the 4.2 megawatts power house would pro­vide elec­tric­ity to 20,000 houses of the area and con­trib­ute Rs. 5 mil­lion to the na-tional ex­che­quer ev­ery month.

The floods had washed away build­ing and ma­chin­ery of the power house, they said adding the staff work­ing in the power sta­tion had been stay­ing at home since then.

The lo­cal peo­ple de­manded of the gov­ern­ment to re­con­struct the power house in or­der to re-store elec­tric­ity sup­ply to the area.

One of the res­i­dents told this scribe “we don’t care for the losses the floods have in­flicted on us. We are wor­ried about the elec­tric­ity as many house­hold ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion have been badly af­fected by power sus­pen­sion to the area.

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