Sunday, August 14, 2011

Matiltan hydropower project on Ushu river in Swat

The govt Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is undertaking a new hydropower project in Swat area through its own resources to generate about 84 megawatts of cheap electricity.
“The Matiltan Hydropower Project is the latest initiative that KP govt intends to undertake through its own resources to generate revenue through exploiting its natural potentials,” Engineer Bahadur Shah, Managing Director Sarhad Hydel Development Organisation (SHYDO), told the media.

The project, being delayed for quite some time, has been cleared by the provincial government now while its approval from the federal government is in process.

Since the project involves a cost of about Rs15 billion, its approval from the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC), both the federal level fora, has to be got before its initiation.

“It has been a month or so that the project documents have been submitted to the federal government and it is expected that it will take at least three to four months to get it clear,” said Mr Shah.
The project site is located around eight kilometres off Kalam and its units will be installed on the Ushu River which is a tributary of the Swat River.

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