PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has alleged that the federal government is stealing the electricity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, besides it is not paying any attention towards the issues of KP.

Addressing a public gathering after Chief Minister Pervez Khattak inaugurated 4.8 megawatt Koto Hydropower Station near Timergara Lower Dir district on Saturday, he said that generating power through water was cheap as compared to other resources. “The project will complete in four years at a cost of Rs12 billion,” he added.

Besides others, Provincial Minister for Energy and Power Muhammad Atif, Finance Minister Muzaffar Syed, District Development Advisory Committee Chairman Lower Dir MPA Syed Gul, District Development Advisory Committee Chairman Upper Dir MPA Malik Behram Khan, MNA Tariqullah, MNA Sahibzada Yaqoob Khan, local elders and a large number of Jamaat Islami (JI) and PTI workers were also present on the occasion.

The PTI chief said the KP government had identified projects that could generate 4,000 megawatt electricity without construction of a single dam. Blaming the federal government for not giving due attention to the province, he said, Kalam micro hydropower station was providing electricity to the locals at Rs2 per unit.

He alleged the people of Punjab had been denied their basic needs of health, electricity and items of their daily use, while its rulers were launching metro projects one after the other at the cost of billions of rupees without caring for the needs of poor people,” he alleged.

He said the PTI government had brought about a real change by devolving its powers at the village level and now the provincial government was focusing on Health Department. He warned the health staffers holding illegal protests would be kicked out, as hospital staff is supposed to serve the patients not holding protests.

On this occasion, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak revealed that the provincial government had fixed a target of 4,000 Megawatt hydro power production in the province by exploiting the rich water resources of Northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He urged the federal government to support KP government for generating cheap electricity from hydel resources of the province instead of using oil and coal for this purpose which costs much heavier than natural water inputs. He said that unprecedented corrupt practices involved in the power generation through IPPs may be undermined if the federal government opts for producing electricity by exploiting the rich hydel resources of the province. He, however, regretted that the federal government was paying no heed to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s hue and cry in this connection.

He maintained that KP government would complete 356 micro hydro power projects of 35MW electricity generation within one year in northern areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the electricity to be generated through these projects would be made available for the local communities on much cheaper price.

Koto Hydropower project will be completed in four years at a cost of Rs 14.76 billion and all financial resources for the project would be provided by the provincial government. On completion the project will generate annual revenue of 1.97 billion rupees.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was seriously considering the power generation projects from its own resources under the power emergency action plan as it was fully convinced that overcoming the power outages was impossible without producing more electricity on priority basis. He said that people of the country were unable to afford heavy priced electricity and that’s why was following the strategy of producing cheap electricity by exploiting the available water resources.

Explaining difference between the present PTI and previous governments, the chief minister said the present PTI government was striving for changing the system for ensuring provision of rights and justice to the poor and common people of the province, adding that any corrupt system cannot provide self-respect to the poor and downtrodden people.

He said that the powers at every level were being devolved at the lower level and the government’s services institutions like health, education and industries were being made autonomous to enable them to solve their problems by themselves.