Peshawar July 10 (Online Int’l): Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has demanded the provincial government to supply electricity to all industrial estates on wheeling charges from different hydel power generation projects to promote industrialization in the province.
Praising the provincial government for giving priority to completion of hydel power generation projects in the stipulated period, Engineer Maqsood Anwar Pervaiz in a statement issued here on Friday welcomed the government’s decision to complete seven different hydel power generation projects by December this year, which will make KPK self-sufficient in energy and electricity would available to industries on the cheapest/subsidized rate.
However, he asked to supply electricity on wheeling charges to all industrial estates in the province on the pattern of Pehru Hydel Power plant, through which electricity is being supplied on wheeling charge to more than five factories of the Gadoon Amazai Industrial Estate.
SCCI chief said the electricity, gas and other utilities are a lifeline for the industries, which should be supplied on a priority basis to promote industrialization in the province. He informed that the cheap electricity at a rate of Rs10.41 per unit from the Pehru Hydropower Project is being supplied to five factories in GAIE from June 5, 2020 which has a total installed capacity of 18 megawatts. He said the government’s decision was highly appreciated by the business community and extended thanks to it.
SCCI president thanked the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, his aide on Energy and Power, Himayatullah Khan, Secretary Energy Muhammad Zubair Khan and PEDO Chief Executive, Nisar Muhammad Khan for the concerted efforts for implementation of the project which will ensure cheapest electricity to industrial units in the province.
Maqsood Pervaiz demanded that electricity should be supplied to all industrial estates on wheeling charges through different hydel power projects. He expressed the hope that the provincial government will also provide electricity to industries from Malakand Hydel Power Project Phase-III, which has the total installed capacity of 81 megawatts, by following its business-friendly policies. He also hoped the government will take measures for giving maximum relief to the business community in the future.
The chamber president went on to say that the business community had played an important role in the country’s economic stability and development so he urged the government to formulate ‘business-friendly’ policies by taking SCCI and relevant stakeholders on board, which will bring a positive impact on the local economy and boost business and industrialization in the province.
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