The administration of Khyber Pakthunkhwa has decided to spend Rs1.79 billion on the solarizing 2,000 mosques in recently merged tribal areas in order to give worshipers with an uninterrupted power supply.
Officials from the Khyber Pakthunkhwa Energy and Power Department told on Tuesday that work on solarizing mosques in merging tribal districts was continuing, with an estimated cost of Rs1.79 billion.
In Khyber Pakthunkhwa, solarizing of 5,000 mosques and minorities’ worship locations is also proceeding, with Rs 4.36 billion being spent to provide uninterrupted electricity supply to worshipers, he said. In KPK, solarizing of 2,323 mosques has been completed, according to the official.
He stated that seven solar power plants with a total capacity of 43 megawatts are now under construction and will save Rs86.5 million per year once completed. The first phase of electricity generation from 256 small macro hydropower projects in 11 districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa has begun.
The Government has planned to construct additional 672 mini macro hydropower projects in the second phase in KPK, he said, adding all required details were submitted to KP Government for initiation of practical work after its inclusion in annual development program.
Three hydropower projects with power generation capacity of 67.2 megawatt had been added to the national grid, he said, adding Machi hydropower project having 2.6 megawatt capacity has been already completed.