Pakistan officials pledge support to 101-MW Gabral-Kalam

Pakistan officials have pledged to bring an end to delays in development of the 101-MW Gabral-Kalam hydroelectric project and to provide security to developers at the site in Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP).

Pakistan Water and Power Minister Liaquat Ali Jatoi convened a meeting September 5 of national, regional, and power company officials, ordering NWFP officials to remove development bottlenecks and resolve community issues that are hindering project investors.

Developer Swat Hydropower Ltd. reported the project was �politicized by some local community leaders who were creating law and order situation against the project,� a government statement said. As a result, the developer had been delayed a year in conducting investigative work at the site on the Swat River.

NWFP officials said all possible assistance would be given to Swat Hydropower, including deployment of security forces for safety of workers.

Pakistan’s Private Power and Infrastructure Board approved development of Gabral-Kalam and five other projects in 2005.

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