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Fault in Only GBPWD-run Hydro Power Station Completely Blacks Out Central Hunza

A major fault in the only GBPWD-run hydro power station has completely blacked out the central region of Hunza. The main generator of Hasanabad hydro electric power station was removed and sent to Lahore for repairing 5 weeks back, ever since Hunza faces the worst load-shedding in recent times.

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Hasanabad hydro power project

A major fault in the only GBPWD-run hydro power station has completely blacked out the central region of Hunza. The main generator of Hasanabad hydro electric power station was removed and sent to Lahore for repairing 5 weeks back, ever since Hunza faces the worst load-shedding in recent times. Currently, a patrol powered generator is being used as a backup but it can only facilitate important government offices, hospitals and places with ‘special’ connections; not to mention the amount being spent from government’s pocket against fuel consumption.

Sami Ullah Farooqi, the Assistant Commissioner of Hunza had a meeting with the Karimabad Business Association, Hunza Hotel Association and civil society members at a hotel in Karimabad this past week. According to him, power issue is something that cannot be tackled in a short span of time.

The Misgar power project is also facing serious mismanagement as machinery worth of millions of rupees is left under open sky in Dorkhan, Hunza. The 2-megawatt project was to be operational by now but the current development shows it could not be functional within the next two to three years.

misgar hydro power project machinery

Machinery worth of millions of rupees is left under open sky in Dorkhan, Hunza.

Another 2-megawatt power project was inaugurated earlier this year that is set to be completed in 2019, only if the work is carried out as planned.

Villages like Ahmedabad and Attabad produce their own electricity through small hydro electric power stations, both run by the local communities without any major financial or technical support from the government.

District Hunza, which is home to over 55,000 people, requires about 11 megawatts of electricity. Currently, only 3.4 megawatt is being produced resulting in over 44 hours of load-shedding every 48 hours. During summers, the electricity usage is increased due to high influx of tourism which is forcing hotels in Hunza and other business in the region to use fuel powered generators.

Statistics credits: Aslam Shah

Photo Credits: Aslam Shah and Ghazi Karim

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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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