Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that electricity produced through hydropower stations by the provincial government would not be sold to Wapda in future and the cheap electricity would be utilised for strengthening industrial sector in the province. He issued a policy order to the Department of Energy and Power while presiding over a meeting on last monsoon post-flood rehabilitation projects in district Chitral.
Besides, administrative secretaries and authorities of national building departments, the meeting was also attended by the SRSP representative, MNA/MPAs and elite of the district. The chief minister directed an early rehabilitation of Reshun and Shishi power houses with assistance of SRSP. He also asked for adjustment of the retrenched workers for these power houses with increase in their salaries as per KP government policy.
Similarly, he directed for launching work on small hydel power stations at streams and nullahs with nearby villages.
“The time of wasting public money is over and now all will have to go to the people and chalk out schemes as per public needs and demands while for this they will also have to sit among them and satisfy them in all respects as well as ensure timely and quality completion of the projects,” he added.
The Chief Minister expressed dismay over delay in rehabilitation works and directed concerned authorities for gearing up pace of work on all the schemes and ensuring their early completion. He also expressed concern over difference between the estimate and actual figures of rehabilitation schemes in Chitral.
He asked the authorities for complete review of the projects before preparing estimates and spending funds on these.
Similarly, he underlined the need of developing effective working relationship with donor agencies that always funded such projects. He further directed to avoid phased works in affected areas but endeavours should be made to complete rehabilitation works on war footings. “Don’t keep the affectees waiting for next phases of works but do all things at once to satisfy them and not to disappoint them anyhow,” he remarked and asked concerned authorities to change such a policy and start crash programmes in affected areas till completion of rehabilitation works.
He also asked NHA to open Lawari tunnel two days in a week for Chitrali people as well as make adequate arrangements for clearing snow at Lawari Pass to enable this mountains-locked valley to be connected with rest of the country. He further asked for early completion of roads and bridges in the affected areas.