Battagram: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Taj Muhammad Khan Trand, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Power and Energy, unveiled three mini-dams in the districts of Shamlai, Trangar, and Aien, according to news reports. The three projects have a combined power generating capacity of 400 kilovolts (kV), with individual capacities of 250, 150, and 50 kV, respectively.
The project is one of a succession of mini-micro hydropower projects in the province that will be created to address the province’s growing electricity need. According to the minister, similar projects will begin soon as part of phase-II of the plan, in which the remaining 22 districts will receive their own micro dams.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Project Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Qazi Muhammad Naeem, Hydro link Engineer CEO Fazal Rabbi, Project Director Mini-micro Hydro Project Col (retired) Muhammad Shahid Yousafzai, Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) member Fawad Dawar, and local elders and notables.
The minister urged citizens to find more of these areas for tiny dams to be built, as the cash generated from exporting excess energy to other districts will aid district development.