SWABI - The 132kv power project which cost Rs 187 million has been inaugurated at Tarbela Dam grid station by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and officials of Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) here on Sunday.

The ceremony was attended by PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Pir Sabir Shah, MPA Shiraz Khan, PESCO KP Chief Executive Anwarul Haq, PESCO Board of Director Chairman Malik Asad, Tarbela Dam Chief Engineer Sher Afzal Khan, PML-N District President Iftikhar Ahmad Khan, General Secretary Dildar Khan and various workers.

Sources in Tarbela Dam told The Nation that the project was initiated by Pakistan People’s Party government and initially its cost was Rs 130 million but owing to prolonged delay its cost had jumped to Rs 187 million.

The project is aimed to reduce load shedding and low voltage problem in the district. With the completion of the project, now there would be no low voltage problem in the district.

Giving briefing about the project, Muhammad Amjid, Senior Engineer Tarbela Dam (water) said that the big problem of about 1.8 million population of the district was that they were getting electricity through Mardan and Wah (Punjab) transmission line.

Whenever there was power load in summer, Mardan district had preferred to meet its own requirements of electricity, avoiding from prolonged outage and low voltage problem.

Same was the story from Wah, causing great suffering to Swabi consumers. The district received power supply through Wah and Mardan transmission line, he said.

He said that now Swabi would no longer need electricity supply through Mardan.

The Wah transmission remained intact and WAPDA has developed another transmission line from Wah to Swabi which could easily help in managing to get continuous power supply and avoid from excessive load shedding not only in the district but also in district Buner as well.

Speaking to reporters, Pir Sabir Shah said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said that that prolonged load shedding will end in 2018, the year in which the next general election would be held.

“Our leader (Nawaz Sharif) would fulfil his pledge and the PML-N government had already initiated a number of power projects to materialize this promise,” he said.

In reply to a question he said that the project was completed on the special directive of the Prime Minister.

“He (Prime Minister) called for the completion of the project as soon as possible,” he said. MPA Shiraz Khan said that the low voltage problem solution was a longstanding demand of the local people.

Removing unscheduled load shedding and low voltage problem were the two achievements of the PML-N government.

“We are happy to resolve power issues at the time of harsh summer and before commencing of difficult Ramazan,” he said.

Anwar-ul-Haq, Chief Executive PESCO said that the completion of the project was a good omen for the district consumers because they would no longer confront the power low voltage problem.

“The PESCO has fulfilled the pledge of resolving low voltage problem and prolonged outages,” he said. Iftikhar and Dildar lauded the Prime Minister’s special interest in the completion of the project.