AGP raises serious observations over micro hydropower project in KP

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PEDO plans to build 672 more micro-hydro power stations across KP, PD
PESHAWAR
The Auditor General of Pakistan in its audit report 2017-18 revealed mismanagement of funds at 356 Mini/Micro Hydro Power project Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
On other hand, the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) has planned to build 672 more mini-hydropower stations in the province.
These stations would be built as a second phase of the project with the cooperation of the Asian Development Bank.
The Auditor-General report regarding the first phase has claimed that shortcomings in preparatory works, project execution, monitoring and financial management by PEDO has led to non-fulfillment.
Mini/Micro Hydro Power Project, a flagship project of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government, was initiated by PEDO in the financial year 2014-15 with a total cost of Rs5250.19 million with a period of three years.
During the audit of PEDO for the financial year 2017-18, it was observed that the project was launched without conducting a proper feasibility study which resulted in the revision of PC-1 four times.
“The project valuing Rs5250 million, was not properly managed because the activity was managed on an additional charges basis, having no permanent PD being appointed” said the audit report.
However, when contacted the Project Director of Mini/Micro Hydro Power project Colonel (retired) Shahid said that work on 312 mini power stations would be completed by December 2021.
He said that currently 266 mini power stations are fully operational and providing uninterrupted electricity to locals in the northern areas.
Mr Shahid said that all discrepancies and mismanagement pinpointed by the Auditor General of Pakistan would be settled in Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC) meeting.
We have planned to enter into second phase in which as many as 672 mini power stations would be built on streams and canals.
Of these, he said, 512 will be built on streams in the northern areas and 156 stations to be built on canals flowing in districts including Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Charssada, Bannu, and D.I Khan.
We have planned to produce 51-megawatt electricity under the second phase he added.