It can happen only in Chitral: 108 mw powerhouse producing only 5 mw electricity

Published on: 13/02/2020 | Comments: 4 comments 

CHITRAL: The Golen Gol Hydro Power Project in Chitral, completed at a cost of more than 30 billion rupees over a period of 10 years has run into a snag, as most such projects in Chitral do. The powerhouse which is supposed to produce 108mw of electricity has come down on it’s knees to only 5mw, i.e 21 times less than it’s rated capacity. Had this been a case in an organised country, those responsible would have been in the dock, or at the gallows in China or Korea, but in Pakistan anything and everything related to inefficiency and corruption is easily digested without even taking the trouble to burp.

Golen powerhouse inauguration (internet photo)
Golen powerhouse inauguration (internet photo)

The reason quoted for the crash in production at the powerhouse has been quoted by the officials as lack of water, but when the local journalists and social workers visited the site they found most of the water leaking from the dam and being wasted into the river instead of being utilized by the powerhouse. As there is no accountability any where and specially in Chitral it has been a tradition to fool the people by who ever had the opportunity it is considered normal. It is just like when the PIA wants to cancel flights to Chitral for whatever reasons it would quote bad weather as reason and Chitralis waiting for the plane under an azure blue sky do not challenge by saying WHY?

Thanks to the development in mass communications and electronic media, that some bit of courage is being developed by Chitralis to challenge gross mismanagement and corruption by government agencies. This may help improve their condition in the time to come … CN report, 13 Feb 2020

4 thoughts on “It can happen only in Chitral: 108 mw powerhouse producing only 5 mw electricity

  1. Dear editor ..thanks for highlighting the issue..so far the communities are not thankful for all natural resources God has kindly blessed us here in Chitral ,the nature will definitely resist to help us..there are proved reasons for that…every thing on the planet is not an accident .rather they happen due to reason..if nature constantly insisting to punish us than we have to re visit our NIATs..and clean our heart and souls…..We must cooperate with technical people and those who know and work for us..We have to have discipline to use the Almighty gifted natural resources and include others..never ever think of exclusion like upper Chitral and lower Chitral ,my bijlighar versus your ..??? God bless our super natural chitral and our Pakistan and entire world..

  2. It will continue to happen if the people of Chitral will remain inactive and will continue to support incompetent and worthless people as leaders.

  3. Its a summer only powerhouse when water level rises. The Engineers must have surveyed it in the summers ???

  4. Thank you Editor for bringing to light the core issue confronting the huge part of Chitral where electricity outage has become a routine affair. The Golen Gole hydropower station which many thought would shed the darkness from Chitral has proved counter productive. There seems something fishy that needs to be investigated. How come a power station with the generation capacity of 109 MW slumps down to 5 MW is a big question mark.

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