Lahore - Golen Gol Hydropower Project 108 Megawatt has started electricity generation Wednesday as the first unit has started providing 36 MW power to Chitral.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be formally inaugurating the project during first week of February. After two years of remaining in dark, due to destruction caused by flood and land sliding, Chital has finally got the much needed electricity. The total requirement of Chitral is 11 MW and the project even in winter season, when water flows are its low, will be able to provide electricity to the area.

A statement issued by spokesman for Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) here stated that the Wapda achieved yet another landmark as Golen Gol Hydropower Project has started electricity generation today. In what can be termed as a historic development, Chitral has started receiving much-needed electricity from the project on trial basis, which is a significant step towards stable supply of electricity to the town and the adjacent areas, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said that Chitral becomes first city to have 24/7 electricity.

The project has been constructed on Golen Gol - a tributary of River Mastuj - near Chitral. The installed generation capacity of the project is 108 MW with three generating units - each of them having a capacity of 36 MW. The first unit has been completed, while the second and the third unit will be commissioned in March and May 2018 respectively. The project will provide 436 million units of electricity to the National Grid every year. Benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs.3.7 billion per annum.

Only the first unit of 36 MW put into operation today which will provide electricity three times more than needs of Chitral City. Surplus energy will be evacuated to the National Grid.

To mark the historic moment of electricity generation from the first unit of Golen Gol Hydropower Project, Wapda Chairman Lieutenant General (Retd) Muzammil Hussain Wednesday visited the project.

He congratulated the project authorities of Wapda, the Consultants and the Contractors for achieving the landmark.

He expressed the hope that Golen Gol Hydropower Project will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in Chitral, besides stabilizing the economy by providing low-cost and environment-friendly electricity to the National Grid.

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