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500KV Hydro Power Generator Installed at Community-run Power Station in Ahmedabad Hunza

The Ahmedabad community in the Hunza valley has been generating its own electricity through a small hydro power station for over a decade. According to latest details, a new 500KV hydro power generator has been installed that would be operational by the mid August.

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Ahmedabad Hunza Hydro Power Station

Electricity shortage issue is at large in the entire Hunza district. The government has clearly failed to come up with solutions to tackle the ever growing need of electricity in a region where fossil fuel consumption is a major environmental threat. The land of Gilgit-Baltistan is gifted with numerous resource that can potentially generate enough electricity for its own use and even export the supplement to the neighboring regions. Unfortunately, the power issue has been subject to political agenda for decades.

In such situations, some communities are showing great signs of progress without any help from the government. One such example is Ahmedabad in the Hunza valley where community has been generating its own electricity through a small hydro power station for over a decade. According to latest details, a new 500KV hydro power generator has been installed that would be operational by the mid August.

The new generator will replace the existing 120KV generator and enable the community to provide electricity to other surrounding villages. In the past, Ahmedabad community has been providing electricity to over a hundred households in Altit village.

The disaster struck Attabad village has also lost their hopes from government and started their own small hydro electric power station. It generates enough electricity to cater the needs to just under a hundred households.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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Brigadier Inayat Hussain from Hunza promoted to the rank of Major General in Pakistan Army

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Major General Inayat Hussain

Brigadier Inayat Hussain hailing from Ganish town of the central Hunza district has been promoted from the rank of Brigadier to Major General in Pakistan Army. He is the son of Colonel Retired Hadi Hussain.

The promotion board was held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi which was presided over by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

He is only the second army official from Hunza to be promoted on the rank of a Major General. Major General (Rtd.) Professor Salman Ali was the first army officer from Hunza to achieve this feat.

About 40 other Brigadiers were promoted to the rank of Major General during the promotion board held at GHQ, Rawalpindi.

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Zulfiqar Essa: Contending for the Hult Prize 2019 with a Million Dollar Idea

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Zulfiqar Essa

“My name is Zulfiqar Essa and I’m from Hyderabad, Hunza. I’m the co-founder of TechScape and previously have been awarded the Global UGRAD scholarship. Currently, I’m working on an idea called “Shirijon” which aims to create over 10,000 jobs in the next decade. I’m collaborating on this idea with my team members from Chitral, Punjab, and Germany.

Recently our idea got selected in the top 35 for HULT Prize 2019 from around two hundred thousand global applications received from across 120 countries. In the next round to be held in Amman, Jordan, we will be competing against young entrepreneurs from Harvard Business School, Cambridge, and other globally known institutions. Our idea is the very first Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) to make it to the regional round of HULT Prize.

Team Shirijon from COMSATS Islamabad - Hult Prize 2019

Our team from COMSATS University Islamabad is quite excited to participate in the 10th Annual Hult Prize Regional Summit in an attempt to win a $1 million USD as a seed fund. We think that this idea has the potential to change the economy of not only Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but entire Pakistan as well.”

This story is part of the #GBCProspers campaign by GBee. Send your stories at editor[at]gbee.pk or inbox your story at our Facebook page.

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