Imran Khan while inaugurating the Koto hydropower station in lower Dir said that his government in KPK is working on 365 power projects in the province that will help reduce load shedding. The Koto hydropower station will generate 40 megawatts of electricity and will be completed in four years’ time. The cost for completion is estimated to be Rs 12 billion.
Earlier Abid Sher Ali had blamed PTI’s provincial government in KPK for excessive load-shedding in KPK. He said the federal government had provided Rs 54 crore to the KPK government to be invested in the Chakarda grid, but not a single amount was spent on the grid. Thus it isn’t fair to blame the federal government for KPK’s load shedding.
Imran Khan pointed out that the KPK government would set up small power houses in different regions of the province that will help reduce load shedding. He said the federal government was producing 40% of electricity through furnace oil while KPK government was producing surplus oil. KPK generates 4000 megawatts of electricity, and when the projects are completed there would be enough electricity to supply to the national grid. He said once the Koto plant is completed, electricity will be provided at Rs 4 per unit to domestic consumers in KPK.