Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administration has taken a brave move by putting the friendship between Pakistan and China first and starting up the Lawi Hydropower Project, a 69 MW project in the Chitral district that has been on hold for the past nine months due to various security and financial concerns.
It is pertinent to state that security difficulties have been overcome, and a financial package has also been announced. Furthermore, the Lower Dir district’s 40.8MW Koto power project has also reached its final phase of completion.
The project will provide affordable and cheap electricity that will bring in more than Rs2 billion in annual revenue for the province and open up new job opportunities.
Project Directors Koto Engineer Sultan Room and Deputy Director Engineer Muqeem Uddin gave an update on the project’s status and mentioned that numerous members of the Chinese engineer team working on it had left their jobs and returned home for security-related concerns.
He noted that the Chinese workforce is now working quickly again and that the machinery has been brought back now that the security situation has improved. The project is also in its final stages of completion.
While reviewing the Lawi Power Project site in Chitral, Secretary of Energy Nisar Ahmad Khan gave strong instructions to the project’s contractors, consultants, and field workers, stating that the project should be completed as soon as possible by making up for the previous months of project delays.
By taking advantage of the provincial government’s package, the Lawi project should be completed as soon as possible, according to PEDO Chief Executive Officer Engr. Naeem Khan.
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