PESHAWAR - The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak hinted to inaugurate Machai Hydro Project towards the end of this month and Ranolia Hydro Project Kohistan in November this year.

He said that KP government had set the economic direction of the province and has the ability to lead the province towards sustained economic growth.

He was presiding over a high level meeting at Chief Minister’s House which was attended by Provincial Minister for Education and Energy, Muhammad Atif Khan, Secretary Energy & Power, Secretary Industries, Secretary Law and others.

Khattak said that KP government had given an energy policy to tackle the energy crises in the province. His government took in hand 365 micro hydel power generation, out of which 100 had been completed and the electricity generated through these micro hydro power stations was being given to local population on cheap prices, he added.

He said work on 300 megawatt power generation project in Balakot and two hydel power stations in Chitral with the capacity to generate 900 megawatt of electricity were being started. “Our efforts would lead to add 250 megawatt of electricity to the national grid that would lead to tackle the energy related issues in the country,” he added.

Pervez Khattak hinted that his government would launch 1000 more micro power stations in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank this year that would bring a revolution in the energy sector.

He had already directed to use natural gas for power generation in the industrial estates of the province, he added.

The chief minister said his government was going with a focus and futuristic approach, adding that this region would become a hub of industrial and trade activities and called upon the high-ups of the province to enhance their level of preparedness.

KP government wanted industrialization for which electricity and that too un-interrupted was a prerequisite, he said. 

He said this province had rich mineral resources that needed to be exploited on scientific lines. The industrialists and investors wanted investment in the province. KP government would facilitate investment through one window operation, Khattak added.

He said that industrialization would boost trade and economic activities and would provide jobs to the jobless.

The meeting was briefed about the pace of work on various hydel power generation projects and use of natural gas for power generation.

The meeting was also briefed about the small and medium power generation projects and the electricity produced from these projects was being given to the locals on affordable prices.