Hunza, March 26: The PWD authorities in Hunza sub-division of the Hunza-Nagar district have recently informed the public that a 1 Megawatt (MW) thermal generator has been shut down from 26th March, 2014. This would reduce the total power generation capacity in Central Hunza to 1.2, which is likely to push the region back in darkness.
A public notice circulated by the Assistant Executive Engineer urges the public to stop using “heavy” electrical appliances in view of the power cut.
There are reports that the new scheduled promised in the notice is going to cripple the economic life of Hunza by shutting down electricity for the markets and hotels during four days a week.
The Hunza region has been facing severe power crisis for more than a decade. With each passing year the electricity needs of the valley increased but the government and the Gilgit-Baltistan administration has failed to add to the power generation capacity.
An eight megawatt power project in Misgar (Gojal), Upper Hunza, remains to be completed despite of the passage of more than a decade. Tens of millions of rupees have been spent on the project, above and beyond the earlier anticipated budget, but project is no way near completion.
The current PPP government has miserably failed to add even one megawatt to the power generation capacity despite of winning in the elections on promises of bridging the power gap .
It is pertinent to note that Hunza, like all other valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan, has tremendous potential for hydro-power projects. However, this potential is not being exploited by the policy makers and rulers for unclear reasons, leaving the public at the mercy of darkness and cold.