Go-ahead: K-P approves construction of 356 micro hydel stations

Published: July 2, 2014
It has been decided to construct 356 community based micro hydel stations through NGOs with the total cost of Rs4.7 billion from Hydel Development Funds. PHOTO: FILE

It has been decided to construct 356 community based micro hydel stations through NGOs with the total cost of Rs4.7 billion from Hydel Development Funds. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has approved the construction of 356 micro hydel stations with a power generation capacity of 35 megawatts (MW) with the help of non-government organisations (NGOs) in various parts of the province.

Work on various ongoing energy projects of oil, gas, thermal and hydel has begun through the utilisation of provincial-based natural resources, in a bid to make K-P a energy hub.

Various committees have been constituted for energy expertise to remove hurdles blocking various on-going energy projects in the province.

These decisions were taken by the Board of Directors for Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) during its second meeting which was held under the chairmanship of Tariq Iqbal Khan.

During the meeting, the organisation’s secretary gave a detailed presentation to the board members regarding the work pace and problems faced during the implementation of the projects.

He added that in keeping with the vision of change of the current provincial government, it has been decided to construct 356 community-based micro hydel stations through NGOs with the total cost of Rs4.7 billion from Hydel Development Funds (HDF).

These mini stations will be constructed in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram, Tor Ghar, Kohistan, Malakand, Buner, Swat, Shangla, Dir (Upper/Lower) and Chitral having total capacity of 35MW and so far six local NGOs have shown interest to develop these projects.

The board has given approval to start work on the large capacity of hydropower projects in the province although seven projects will be advertised in order to develop these in the private sector.

Khan said that K-P is blessed with abundant natural resources for oil and gas, thermal and hydel generation which should be utilised for curbing the current energy crisis in the country.

He further stressed to boost the work pace on the ongoing energy projects and planned to complete them within the stipulated time period.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2014.

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Reader Comments (57)

  • Kaleem
    Jul 2, 2014 - 6:22AM

    35MW from 356 hydal projects…isn’t that really less?


  • Taimoor
    Jul 2, 2014 - 6:49AM

    These aren’t really tarbelas, just a small turbine that is placed into the rivers.


  • Asif
    Jul 2, 2014 - 7:18AM

    @Kaleem: And that too for Rs4.7 Billion!!


  • ZK
    Jul 2, 2014 - 9:46AM

    @Asif a full scale dam and than power generation costs over 10 billion dollars not Rs… Power Generation setups are always costly…


  • Mubashir
    Jul 2, 2014 - 9:49AM

    If 35MW of electricity costs 4.7 Billions than why blame 27 billion Matro bus?


  • Saud
    Jul 2, 2014 - 9:58AM

    One year on and KP govt still seems to be pushing papers. 35MW is like a drop in a bucket in terms of resolving energy issues of the province. During elections Imran Khan cited 18th amendment and blamed punjab provincial govt for not resolving energy issue. Now he needs to show how it can be done instead of wasting time and money on jalsas and marches in Punjab


  • Shan
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:04AM

    @ mubashir because metro bus doesn’t give any electricity


  • DM
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:07AM

    @Mubashir: Metro AKA Jangla Bus Service is wasting the resources not generating any ! where as the micro Hydel projects will light up 1000s of homes enabling a better living standard !!


  • Mamu
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:24AM

    The answer to your question is very simple. Metro Bus is from the Tax deducted from our salaries. However, these projects are being funded by local NGO’s, That is the difference. Another difference is the Metro Bus cost estimated by Asian Dev. Bank is less than half the amount Nawaz is putting in to it. No wonder he and is family are business tycoons..


  • Raghu
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:26AM

    Metro Bus is drama, this is not. That is the difference.


  • Syeda Shireen Kazmi
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:26AM

    And how many power generation projects were started by Punjab in before 2012?


  • Ponzie
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:28AM

    Asian Development bank estimated metro Bus cost at 4 billion. Gullu Butt party estimated it at 27 billion. Dont u think there is some thing wrong in the figures?


  • Huma
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:31AM

    Who will maintain them? Where will the cost of maintenance come from?Recommend

  • Zaid Bhai
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:41AM

    If cannot hold the water for the irrigation and Electricity generation purpose during mansoon season then why blame India saying it is holding all the water.


  • Ozair
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:50AM

    This is the first time any provincial govt has taken the initiative in resolving the energy crises on its own albeit this being the Federal Govt responsibility. However, critics will still find something wrong with this project.


  • Aalia
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:58AM

    So KP government is finally woken up and knows what a government does is not just dharnas.


  • usman786
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:02AM

    KP govt should consider some retd WAPDA Power expert to advice on small hydral projects which can be built easily, in short time, and with little resources for local population esp in remote areas. Atleast a good start after 1 year. Consider roads and ring road for Peshawar as civilization travels from it


  • Ahmed - Karachi
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:02AM

    @kaleem @asif
    These are just mini dams, not full scale ones. 35 MW is a good start. The number seems small but something is better than nothing.
    As far as comparison with the metro bus project – Energy is the need of the hour, not some old fool’s dream of beautification of a specific province


  • Saud
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:09AM

    Regarding Metrobus. About 125,000 people of the lower middle class use the bus daily saving Rs 50/- to Rs.100/- that they would have spent on public transport. This is a direct benefit to common people. PTI govts own Peshawar metro feasibility puts the cost of 30KM project at a stagerring 51bn! Any talk of 4bn for Pindi metro is just point scoring. Regarding Punjab govt power projects, they started Nandipur power before 2012 which has now started production, Bahawalpur solar park will start production by december, and a huge 2x660MW coal-fired project has been started in Sahiwal all by Punjab govt.Recommend

  • Zain
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:19AM

    35 Mega watt = 35000 * 24 = 840,000 kw / h in one day (our electricity units)

    from oil IPPs it is at Rs. 30 / unit which becomes 840,000 * 30 = Rs. 2,520,000

    Rs. 2.5 million worth of daily electricity
    * 356 = Rs. 9 .2 billion

    Running cost of hydral is usually about Rs. 2 per unit.

    So by spending 4.5 billion they are getting return of Rs. 9 billion PER YEAR

    so a great investment by PTI

    Way to go


  • PML N
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:19AM

    Although the cost is high and 35MW is just a drop from the ocean but anyway ‘Good Move’. Anything good for Pakistan should be appreciated no matter which party have initiated it.


  • riz
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:25AM

    @Kaleem, @Asif: What would you say about Govt spending ~ Rs.8 billion on Punjab Youth Festival for just political mileage? What if Govt spends billions on procuring bomb proof BMWs and sniffer dogs? Please accept what is good for KP and in turn PK. The tax payer money is being spent on tax payers. If you guys are not appreciating it then you are no different than blind and deaf supporters with ill-logical arguments.


  • Abdul Hai
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:32AM

    @Asif: This is called Productive Development Expenditure. 35MW will generate Rs. 185,000 per hour if WAPDA pays only Rs. 5/unit. This activity will create lots of jobs. Metro bus will not even be able to earn enough to cover its operating expenses. Interest cost is never to be recovered. Excellent job by KPK.


  • Abdul Hai
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:34AM

    @Huma: NGOs will establish and maintain.


  • Jul 2, 2014 - 11:35AM

    Proposed construction of 356 micro hydel stations is a good step by KPK government. But the power generation capacity of 35 megawatts is very low. These community-based projects will be installed with the help of NGOs. But an amount of Rs 4.7 billion from Hydel Development Funds (HDF). Means that provincial govt will finance these turbines. PTI should focus more on good governance and deliverance in KPK, than the protests and rallies in other provinces.


  • Zubair
    Jul 2, 2014 - 1:14PM

    Please read carefully. It will clarify your misconceptions. Sorry for being detailed!
    As per USAID website,

    Gomal Zam
    dam is providing 17.4 megawatt of electricity for 39,000 families
    39000/17.4 = 2241 families per Megawatt
    An average family in Pakistan comprise of 6 people
    So 6 x 2241 = 13446 people for each megawatt
    Which means 17.4 megawatt can serve 233960 people
    17.4 x 13446 = 2, 33,960 people approx… (Or 39,000 families x 6 individuals per family)
    Now, the cost of this Gomal Zam Dam is around 13 billion PKR which means 17.4/13 = 1.33 megawatt for each of a billion PKR. (The cost of the Dam is obtained from Wikipedia)

    KP Small dams
    Now, these small dams are producing 35 megawatt for 4.7 billion PKR
    35/4.7 = 7.4 megawatt for each billion of PKR investment, which is 7 times more beneficial than USAID investment in Gomal Zam.
    Further as we know from above USAID information, each megawatt benefits 13446 people.
    35 megawatts x 13446 = 470610 people benefiting from these small dams projects

    Metro Bus Rawalpindi-Islamabad
    Now as per same Wikipedia, The Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro will benefit 150,000 people with 27 billion PKR.


    Metro Bus
    150,000/24 = 6,250 number of people to benefit from each billion of PKR

    Gomal Zam Dam
    2,33,960/13 = 17,996 number of people to benefit from each billion of PKR

    KP Small dams
    4,70,610/4.7 = 100,129 number of people to benefit from each billion of PKR


  • Amir
    Jul 2, 2014 - 1:25PM

    I am still trying to figure out what PTI has done in last one year in KPK. IK has made so many promises but delivery is nill. I have been asked by a English person before election that who will be the prime minister of Pakistan and I said it could be possible Imran khan. He said this is the same guy who used to play cricket and I said yes. His answer was that how a cricketer can lead a country and also what other experience he has other than cricket.

    This is exactly what is happening now. PTI got a gov in KPK but do not know what to do on day to day basis though they are still better than ANP and JUI-F etc but work needs to be done in the province which is missing at the moment. PML-N atleast doing something so please PTI wake up instead of doing jalsa jaloos else PPP will be back again in next election.


  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Jul 2, 2014 - 1:33PM

    It’s a great achievement to identify, prepare feasibility reports and then start these projects in less than one year. Proper procedure requires time and effort. Finally, for your information, the KPK energy development board is formed last year to identify and exploit the energy resources of KPK. Slow but steady win the race !


  • Mohsin
    Jul 2, 2014 - 1:38PM

    @Ponzie: ADB estimates Lahore metro bus at Rs 4Billion and Peshawar Metro bus estimate by KPK govt is Rs51.67 billion. Dont u think there is some thing wrong in the figures? Stop arguing like babies and go eat some burgers.


  • PeaceMonger
    Jul 2, 2014 - 1:51PM

    Instead, why don’t they connect a windmill on top of every Metro Bus and generate electricity? Dear Pakistani brothers, this is a free suggestion from an Indian. Tum bhi kya yaad rakhogey?!


  • haroon
    Jul 2, 2014 - 1:53PM

    35 MW is nit enough. They need to do more than that.


  • Taimoor
    Jul 2, 2014 - 2:14PM

    Good step by KP govt.

    For critics, PTI is a national party. PTI is in Govt in KP, but opposition in the center!

    Please learn democracy. PTI does jalsas and rallies as opposition party, not as Govt of KP. Govt of KP is not involved in any jalsas, unlike Punjab Govt which did jalsas against Zardari led by CM Punjab.

    PTI should ensure both good governance in KP and good opposition in the center!


  • Bablu
    Jul 2, 2014 - 2:49PM

    This is good. Thank God, KPK government now doing something productive instead of dharna, marna, jalsa and walsa…


  • Azmat
    Jul 2, 2014 - 3:15PM

    35 MW for 4.7 Billion is a very good investment as expalined in detail above by Zubair. Way to go KP govt


  • ZK
    Jul 2, 2014 - 3:28PM

    @ Saud
    All your figures are completely and utterly wrong… based on a PMLNs propaganda. U should do the basic research first.


  • syed ali
    Jul 2, 2014 - 5:06PM

    @Aalia: R r for real ? Dherna is happening in punjab and PTI punjab sees to it KPk govt is not doing dherna . it did not even in NATO supply


  • Shahid
    Jul 2, 2014 - 5:09PM

    Great Imran told in a press conference that the Pindi Islamabad metro can be built at a cost of 4 billion how come the cost of Peshawar metro will cost 51 billion and wonderful it will be built over a period of 30 months. Take some lessons from Punjab. The more the time of completion of the project will result more corruption. Similarly 369 projects for 35 megawatts do not make any sense, the more the projects the more corruption. These 369 projects seems to appease the grass root workers congrats PTI for spreading corruption to grass root level.


  • Waseem
    Jul 2, 2014 - 6:38PM

    @shahid. Go read some facts. The cost of Rs. 51 Billion is computed in case the whole Metro route is elevated. They have given 3 options. First one is totally on ground which will cost Rs. 11 Billion. Second is on ground and it will have an elevated portion as well (Like Lahore METRO) and it will cost around Rs. 25 Billion. The third option is completely elevated. which will cost Rs. 51 Billion. So please check the facts. And according to my information they have gone for the first option.


  • Iram
    Jul 2, 2014 - 9:39PM

    @Saud: Nandi pur project is not producing a single MW, check the facts first but N league spent millions on its publicity or advertisement, now I trust you will second me that this is a shameful act.


  • KR
    Jul 2, 2014 - 10:57PM

    The figure of 35 is wrong.


  • Razi ul Haq
    Jul 2, 2014 - 11:09PM


  • Kaleem Ullah
    Jul 3, 2014 - 4:36AM

    I hope my PTI friends will appreciate 24000 MW projects too, the way they appreciated 35 MW projects.

    P.S. Just came to know that we have 2 Kaleems on this forum now :) Am the old one and will use my full name now ;)


  • Xman
    Jul 3, 2014 - 7:45AM

    Good work, such projects are needed, and every MW counts. Hopefully IK will keep focusing on such initiatives instead of rallies.


  • Dani
    Jul 3, 2014 - 8:03AM

    I don’t really understand why is everyone taking sides here. Electricity is need of the hour so good step by KPK government as micro dams will play their part to help us get rid of the load shedding on the other hand it is true through out the world that better infrastructure has always given a boost to economy so kudos to Punjab government for building metro bus (even KPK understands this hence a metro bus for peshawar under the name Mass transit bus).


  • ABKhan
    Jul 3, 2014 - 9:33AM

    I see naive people are comparing this project with the projects funded from tax payers money. I am sure most of them completed their education from “Danish public schools”


  • Abdul Basit
    Jul 3, 2014 - 9:54AM

    35MW is less, actually there is a Law, means if a province generate energy above the 50MW, then Federal govt will think/step to whom first provide the energy, may be, the province who generate the energy will not get the energy first, may be, get the remaining energy. same happening in the KPK.
    So, I think, thats why they decided to generate 35MW, because the energy less then 50MW, federal govt cannot take step into this. and every city village will have its own energy to load balancing :)


  • Kaleem Ullah
    Jul 3, 2014 - 11:15AM

    @ABKhan: If you had resources to get schooling from expensive schools, dont ridicule Danish schools atleast. Have you ever visited any Danish school and met their kids? I find your comment degrading.


  • Ali
    Jul 3, 2014 - 1:26PM

    Why do we have to comment for the sake of just commenting when we don’t really know what are the procedures and investment required for Power Generation Projects. Baseless Critiques only makes you an idiot not some genius…


  • ABKhan
    Jul 3, 2014 - 1:57PM

    @Kaleem Ullah:

    Thanks for proving my point. Its not about expensive or cheap schools but about the standards of education which PML-N can provide. We all know that many FG schools are providing really good education. But in your case, we have now seen the education standards of Danish school from your understanding.


  • SHAH
    Jul 3, 2014 - 2:55PM

    @Mubashir: Metro Bus is luxury, Micro-Hydels are a necessity


  • Dani
    Jul 3, 2014 - 3:29PM

    @SHAH: Tell that to thousands of commuters using metro bus service daily.

    I don’t like the fact that metro bus is not earning profits which theoretically should have been used to expand the network (as done all around the world) but we all need to realize that better infrastructure especially enhanced public transport is as important as electricity for socioeconomic development of our society.

    BTW if you are wondering I voted for PTI.

    Another thing, I accidentally tapped recommend button only if there was a way to un-recommend it well let’s just say this one doesn’t really count.


  • A.R
    Jul 3, 2014 - 8:48PM

    @ Saud —Nandipur was started in 2008 by PPP govt not by PMLN punjab govt. Dont spread mis information! Also naming a few PTI govt projects in KPK : 1. 2 microhydel projects already working in Kalam (inaugurated by Imran Khan) 2. Daral Khwar HPP 67 MW will be completed by next year 3. 24 MW Jabor HPP in mansehra being construxted 4. 22 MW Jabbar HPP Being reconstructed in Swat 5. PED and POGCL in KPK working on 3 hydropower projects 56 MW will be completed in 3 years 6. 24 more hydel power stations with total of 500 MW to be constructed by chinese company (Daral khwar construction strted) 7. Galaxy tech (Hong Kong) to construct 1000 MW project in Malakand 8. The followinh HPP projects have been announced 3 days ago 300 MW Balakot HPP, Ghorband HPP 14 MW, Matiltan Gorkin HPP 84 MW, 10 MW Nandihar HPP Batagram, 51 MW Mujigaram HPP in Chitral, 79 MW Akali Gol HPP Chitral !!


    Jul 3, 2014 - 11:05PM

    Mega dams are not being funded by tax payers money but by taking loans. Go chek for yourself.


  • bilal
    Jul 3, 2014 - 11:07PM

    i meant to say… @ abkhan. Tax payers are not paying for MEGA dams but we are taking loans for it. Prior comment was from me.


  • Aftab
    Jul 4, 2014 - 12:07PM

    And all that energy will go to main grid and from there to Punjab and KP will remain dark


  • saddozai
    Oct 12, 2014 - 8:47AM

    Hi . the matter of fact is by making these dams we will not only get the electricity but the stored water also.which will be utilized. So let them to make.


  • s
    Oct 15, 2014 - 8:10PM

    we are forgetting, KP already makes more electricity then it consumes. 35 MW will just add to national power supply.


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