Rs424 million allocated for Baltistan projects
12 March 2005
Skardu: The government has allocated Rs424.75 million for various ongoing development projects in Baltistan, an official said on Friday. Chief Engineer of the Northern Areas public works department Muzaffar Abbas told Dawn that 41 projects were under way in the education sector, 27 in communications, 18 in health, 15 in power, eight in housing and physical planning and two in the water supply and irrigation sector. He said a 1Mw hydroelectric power station was under construction at a cost of Rs112.16 million at Sermik, a 725kva project with a cost of Rs69.7 million at Hoo in Shigar, a 1Mw station at Tolti costing Rs100.2 million and a 2Mw station at Talu, Rondu, at a cost of Rs120 million. He said PC-1 was being prepared of a 1Mw hydroelectric power station at Shamu Yul, Mehdiabad, with a cost of Rs110 million and a 1Mw station at Kindas, Ghanche, costing Rs70 million. The official said that work was under way on a 2Mw station at Bordas, Balghar, costing Rs139.66 million. He said Rs60 million had been spent on the project and Rs40 million hade been earmarked for the current fiscal year. He said projects of a 2Mw station at Thaley Nuallah and a 1Mw station at Hassanabad, Tchorbat, were under consideration. 'About 45 per cent of the people in the area were getting electricity supply and the percentage will increase to 60 per cent after the completion of the projects,' he said. He said the Daso-Askoli road was being widened at a cost of Rs11.9 million and the project would be completed by June. He said mountaineers on way to K2 and other peaks used the road. He said a road would be constructed between Surmo and Syari at a cost of Rs25 million by June next year. He said the road from Surmo to Frano would be carpeted at a cost of Rs75 million. The official said Rs15 million would be spent on the construction of a 550ft wooden suspension bridge on Shyoke river at Keris, which would be completed in 2006.