UPPER DIR, 24 September: District Nazim Upper Dir, Sahibzada Fasihullah, has inaugurated 600KW hydro-power house over Usheri River in Almas area which would be built in collaboration of European Union and Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP).The construction of power house would be completed in a period of eight months at the estimated cost of Rs.83 million which would provide electricity to 1200 households.Local residents lauded the project and said it would help reduce power outage in the area.Talking to Local News Channel TNN a villager Faqeer Shehzad said, “Starting work on the construction of the power house was a long-standing desire of the local people.Finally, our efforts have born fruits as the project has been inaugurated. More than 12000 families will benefit from the power house”.The youngsters could not study due to long hours load-shedding. They experienced power outage for more than 20 hours on daily basis”, said Saif-ul-Malook..
Three days training on Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation (PATS) was organized for 30 elected members (18 male and 12 female) in District Buner under WASH PATs plus project. The objective of the training was to orient the participants on WASH policy framework at district level, provide low cost solutions regarding sanitation and water safety and to elaborate their role in open defecation free (ODF) declaration, verification, certification and sustainability check. Furthermore, their knowledge was enhanced on gender mainstreaming, equity, disaster risk reduction, climate change and environmental protection. The training was organized by SRSP in collaboration with Government of KPK and funded by UNICEF.