Govt to inaugurate power projects worth Rs2bn in ex-FATA

PESHAWAR: The government has planned to uplift the power infrastructure in the merged tribal districts by inaugurating projects worth Rs2 billion under the 10-year development plan and annual development plan in the current month, informed Chief Minister Mahmood Khan while chairing a meeting to review the progress of TESCO.

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Under the project, construction of 76 new 11kv feeders, rehabilitation of 59 11kv feeders, and electrification of villages in all merged districts will take place.

Concerned officials were directed to accelerate work for the execution for the finalised projects to supply electricity to areas including Bajaur, Mohmand, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Khyber, Orakzai and Kurram districts, and Frontier Regions (FRs) Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Lakki, DI Khan and Tank.

Funds worth Rs1.43 billion had been released to TESCO for the planned projects to upgrade grid stations, transmission lines and 11kv feeders in merged districts.

Furthermore, for the electrification of 440 villages in all districts and FRs, Rs419 million had been released under the ADP.

The rehabilitation of Makeen and Tiarza areas in South Waziristan, bifurcation of four 11kv feeders and interlinking of eight 11kv feeders with 132kv new grid station in Khar, Bajaur, and upgrading 66kv grid stations in Khar and Jandola to 132kv are the projects being carried out on emergency basis.

Rs2.165 billion out of the total amount of Rs3.093 billion have been released to upgrade 66kv grid stations in Orakzai and Kurram districts, under the 10-year development plan.

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