PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance, Engr Humayun Khan has said that the provincial government was fully utilising all its resources to overcome the problems being faced by the people particularly the power supply grievances.

He was talking to media at Batkhela on the first day of his three-day visit to district Malakand on Saturday.

He while referring to the construction work on Batkhela Express Feeder-II, which he inaugurated the other day, said after completion, the people of Batkhela and its adjoining areas would be able to get better electricity facility.

He said work on this feeder would be completed within record period of one week. He said presently the Batkhlea Feeder bears the loads of 400 empires, which will be bifurcated and 200 empires load would be shared by the two feeders.

Minister Finance added it was a long-standing and important demand of the people of Batkhela for which he personally requested the PESCO Chief Peshawar. Hamauyn Khan also thanked the PESCO chief for taking personal interest in starting early work on Express Feeder-II with WAPDA Fund. He added the already installed feeders would now cater the needs of proper Batkhela.

 while the new one will supply electricity to the inhabitants of Oxford colony and Sangeena in Batkhela and other villages including Piran, Rangmala, Jalal Kot and Kanrko.

The minister disclosed that the government has singned an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the development of hydropower potential in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an estimated cost of Rs 6026.41 million.

Similarly, Daral Khawar hydropower project with capacity of 36 MW with an estimated cost of Rs 6958.42 million would be completed within next three years, which has already been inaugurated by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti. He added on special directives of provincial chief minister, SHYDO had prepared the Action Plan 2011-25 under which approval of 8 hydro power project in the province having installed capacity of 628 mw has been given which will prove a milestone to mitigate the problems of acute load-shedding and low voltage facing the people, he added.

Later on, the finance minister visited Darbar Chakdarra (Lower Dir) and offered Fateha on the demise of father of DCO Buner Perhazghar Khan. He stayed there for some time and expressed heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family.