The Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) announced plans for hydel power projects with the capacity of 3,911 megawatts (MW) in the province. The plan consists of 29 projects, out of which five projects with the capacity of 362MW are located in Dir.
According to an official handout issued Sunday, PEDO CEO Akbar Ayub Khan announced the plan on the eve of ground-breaking ceremony of Koto Hydel Power Plant (HPP), which will be built near Timergera in Lower Dir by a Chinese company. The remaining four projects in Dir, including 150MW Sharmai HPP, are intended to be developed through private sector. Work on two more projects ¬-12MW HPP in Karora, Shangla and 10MW in Jabori, Mansehra - has also been awarded to the same Chinese company and their ground breaking is expected soon.
The K-P government plans to fund these projects itself. The electricity generated by these plants can also be used to develop industries in the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2015.