SRSP to construct 150 KW power house at Shadidas Chitral
By Gul Hammad Farooqi
CHITRAL: To overcome energy crises in the country 150 KW Micro Hydrol Power House constructing at Shahidas (Lasht) by Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) under Program for Economic Advancement and Community Empowerment (PEACE) program funding by European Union. SRSP and a local organization jointly would form the hydro l power house. Estimated cost of the project is 28.6 million rupees. Local Organization would contribute Rs. 1.8 million while SRSP will contribute rest of the cost. The Lasht area of Shahidas was totally deprived from electricity.
In this connection function of third dialogue also held at middle Schoole Shahidas. Chief Executive Officer SRSP Shehzada Masood Ul Mulk was chief guest at the occasion. A total of 380 families would be benefited from this hydel power house. It was a celebration atmosphere during the inauguration ceremony despite heavy raining and downpour but there were rush of women and men. Everyone was full of happiness as this area is being deprived from any amenities of life. In this modern age there is no black top road, no electricity, no communication systems and no hospital.
There is only one jeep able bridge which connect Lasht, Shahidas area with the rest of Chitral
This suspension bridge was made by British regime in 1917. Speakers on the occasion said that this bridge is very dangerous as there are no safety barriers on river side and many vehicles are drowned in the river. Some women while talking to our correspondent said that there is no hospital, no electricity, no road and drinking water are also not available to them. They said there are few schools but no teacher in it. They thanked SRSP for initiating construction of 150 KV hydro power house and definitely will change destiny of the area. Speakers on the occasion also thanked SRSP for the construction of the power house and termed it first step towards development of the area. At last the participants presented folk dance on the beating of Daff and Drum to express their pleasure on the occasion of this happiness (constructing of hydro power house in the area).
A large number of people including women folk participated in the function of third dialogue for 150 KV Hydro power house in heavy rain.