Peshawar: According to a recent news report, under the second phase of the ‘Ujalon Ka Safar’ social uplift scheme, the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) will soon begin work on 672 micro hydel power projects.

Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Adviser to Chief Minister Himayatullah Khan told reporters that work on hydro power projects with a capacity of more than 1,400 megawatts was continuing.

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Mohammad Zubair Khan, the Secretary of State for Energy and Power, Mohammad Naeem Khan, the Chief Executive Officer of PEDO, and Masoodul Mulk, the Director of the Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP), were also present. According to the advisor, the PEDO ventures are currently producing 157 megawatts of electricity and generating Rs. 5.8 billion in revenue each year.

According to the advisor, 308 out of 356 micro hydel power projects (MHPs) were completed in the first phase of the program, while 24 others were cancelled due to technical issues.

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According to him, 254 MHPs were turned over to various community organizations throughout the province. Covid-19, he claimed, had a negative impact on project completion activities in 2020. It will now be out by June 2021.

Mr. Naeem said that work was in progress on solarization of 4,400 mosques, 8,000 schools and 187 basic health units. He said that work on four hydroelectric projects of 479 megawatts with the help of Asian Development Bank and World Bank would also be launched soon.

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