PM inaugurates Golen Gol Hydropower project in Chitral

PM inaugurates Golen Gol Hydropower project in Chitral

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the first unit of Golen Gol Hydropower Project to generate 36 megawatts of electricity in Chitral on Sunday.

Constructed at Golen Gol, a tributary of River Mastuj, near Chitral the first unit would exclusively cope with the needs of Chitral and adjacent areas.      

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the Prime Minister said the project will provide uninterrupted electric supply round the year to the people of Chitral.

The Prime Minister said the Federal Government is implementing development schemes all over the country to improve socio-economic condition of the people.

He said the incumbent Government has fulfilled its promises by practically implementing an unprecedented number of development projects in the country.

The Prime Minister said the present government has succeeded in overcoming the problem of load shedding in the country.

He said that former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took keen interest in the development of Chitral.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the federal government will provide additional funds for development of Chitral.

He said that Gilgit-Chitral-Chakdarra road has been included in CPEC and it will be used as alternate route.

The Prime Minister said that billions of rupees are being spent on improvement of communication system in Chitral district.

MNA from Chitral Shahzada Iftikharuddin and senior officials were also present as the Prime Minister unveiled the plaque of the project.

The total installed generation capacity of Golen Gol Hydropower project is 108 MW with three generating units each of them having a capacity of 36 MW.

The first unit of the project has been completed, while the second and the third unit would be commissioned in March and May 2018 respectively.

The project will provide 436 million units of electricity to the national grid every year. Benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs 3.7 billion per annum.

Golen Gol Hydropower Project will result in a new era of progress and prosperity in Chitral, besides stabilizing the national economy by providing low-cost and environment-friendly electricity to the national grid.