By Qasim Ali:
(Gojal) The public in Pakistan does not lists the department of police as supportive institutuions throughout the country. The police force is said to be the laziest force and people don’t trust them in any circumstance. Here the Karakoram Security Forces have pushed in an effort to lower the intensity of this trust deficit of the public. The KSF along with maintaining law and order situations in the area have came up with a locally engineering hydel power station to overcome the energy crisis in the area.
Khunjerab Gojal lies at the extreme north of Pakistan in the Hunza-Nager district of Gilgit=Baltistan. A special force by the name of Karakoram Security Force is on duty as the Khunjerab Pass shares border with China. The members of the KSF have locally made a hydel power station which generates a 25KW electricity. It can be used as an example of effective utilization of natural resource i.e. water which is available in abundance in Gilgit-Baltistan. Blessed with the gift of free water Gilgit-Baltistan is facing terrible electricity load shedding.
Talking to MountainTV, Mr. Ikhlaq Hussain, In charge of the KSF at Khunjerab said that the police officers rendering service at Khnjerab contributed PKR. 1000 from their salaries which enabled us to establish the small hydel power station. Mr. Hussain said that 136 employees of the KSF and the Department of Forestry Gilgit-Baltistan are on duty in the area. It was all the efforts of the individuals that the project was completed. He also added that the around PKR. 20,000 is initially spent on the project. The turbine was donated as gift from the Chinese Engineers who are working to rebuild the KKH. A water tank is built 130fts high from the turbine and the pipe costed PKR. 60,000 to carry the water from the tank to the turbine.
Although this hydel power station is very small in physical and power generating terms but sets an example for the Department of Power and Energy, Gilgit-Baltistan to come up with innovative solutions utilizing the water to overcome enery crisis in the province.