Ambassador Jean Fran├žois Cautain Tuesday said that the European Union (EU) was committed to the development of marginalised areas in Pakistan in conformity with its national policies.He was addressing a large gathering of communities at Shinko village in Madian valley of Swat district after inaugurating a 130 kilowatts micro hydro unit, which has been built by the communities through the EU-funded PEACE project being implemented across all districts of Malakand division through the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP). The EU ambassador said he was delighted to meet communities who had shown unparalleled resilience in addressing the calamities of flood and conflict.

Shinko MHP was identified by Best Society-1, village Shinko, UC Beshigram. Total capacity of the MHP is 130 KW and benefiting 875 households. Total out lay of the MHP is Rs. 14.513 million, out of which Rs. 13.965 million is the share of SRSP and Rs. 0.548 million is Community share. The scope of the work of the MHP is; “Power Channel -2400 ft, Forebay Tank -1, Power House -1, Penstock -290 ft, Turbine Installation -1, Transmission Line -125000 M”(LT-8000, HT-4500).

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