KP govt prepares seven projects worth $6,919m for inclusion in CPEC: minister

KP govt prepares seven projects worth  $6,919m for inclusion in CPEC: minister

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Energy and Power Muhammad Atif Khan has said that the provincial government has prepared seven projects of 1978 Mega Watt costing 6919 million US dollars.

These projects including Oil Refinery in Kohat and Transmission Line from Chitral to Chakdarra in Oil and Gas sector to be included in CPEC as delegation of experts would visit China next month in this respect, he said while chairing a review meeting of Energy and Power Department at Peshawar, on Tuesday.

The meeting beside others was also attended by the Secretary Energy and Power, Engineer Naeem Khan, CEO PEDO KP, Akbar Ayub, CEO KPOGCL Raziuddin and Chief Planning Officer, Syed Zainullah Shah. The meeting was briefed in detail regarding on going, new and proposed projects of Energy and Power sector and certain decisions were taken in this respect.

The meeting was informed on the progress on Sharmai, Jabori, Lawi, Karora, Daral Khwar and Mataltan Power Projects besides run of canal project and provision of Electricity to flood effected villages of Chitral District. Similarly consultant for 300 Mega Watt Balakot Hydel Power Project has been hired and would soon to be launched with the support of Asian Development Bank.

The meeting was told that 2 projects of run of canal Pilot Project would be completed by end of this month. The meeting was further told that Soliarization of 8000 schools and 182 BHUs would be made in collaboration with ADB, while work on solarization of 6000 villages already approved. The minister directed the authorities concerned to include 1000 mosques in the solarization projects too.

Atif, while directing the quarter concerned for accelerating work on Hydel Power Projects said that 150 out of 356 Micro Hydel Power Projects have been completed and ensure the completion of remaining projects by December 31, 2017 at all costs. He said due to transparent policies of Govt: of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, national as well as International investors coming to the Province for investment of billions of rupees in the province. He hoped that investment in the coming 1 and half year would reach billions of US Dollars.

The Minister maintained that there was conducive atmosphere for investors in all sectors and now they can invest in any field without any fear. Due to zero tolerance policy on corruption, the KP Govt. become a role model for the Federal as well as other Provincial Governments and now they are following our policies which were very encouraging.