PESHAWAR - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the KP government will build 100 more micro power stations in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank this year.

The CM will inaugurate Machai Hydro Project by the end of this month and Ranolia Hydro Project Kohistan in November this year.

He was presiding over a high-level meeting at the Chief Minister’s House here on Monday, which was attended by Provincial Minister for Education and Energy Muhammad Atif Khan, Secretary Energy & Power, Secretary Industries, Secretary Law and others.

The CM said his government had set the economic direction of the province and had the ability to lead the province towards sustained economic growth.

He further said that his government had announced energy policy to tackle the energy crisis in the province.

“The KP government had started 365 micro hydel power projects, out of which 100 have been completed and the electricity generated at these stations is being supplied to people at lower prices,” he added.

He said work on 300 mega watt power generation project in Balakot and two hydel power stations in Chitral, having the capacity to generate 900 mega watts of electricity, was about to begin.

"Through our efforts, another 250 megawatts of electricity will be added to the national grid,” he informed.

Khattak said that the KP government would launch 100 more micro power stations in collaboration with the ADB this year that would bring a revolution in the energy sector.

He said he had already directed the concerned authorities to use Natural Gas for power generation in the industrial estates of the province.

The CM said his government had adopted a futuristic approach, adding that this region would become a hub of industrial and trade activities.

He called upon the high-ups of the province to enhance their level of preparedness.

He further said that KP had rich mineral resources that needed to be exploited on scientific lines.

Addressing the industrialists wanting to invest in the Province, the CM said his government would facilitate investment through one window operation.

He expressed the optimism that industrialisation would boost trade and economic activities and would provide jobs to the jobless.

The meeting was told about the pace of work on various hydel power generation projects and use of natural gas for power generation.

The meeting was also briefed about the small and medium power generation projects and that the electricity being produced at these stations was being supplied to the locals at affordable prices.

The meeting was also briefed about hundreds of thousands of acres of land to be brought under cultivation under these projects.