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220kv grid station: payment to land owners to be made on January 30

Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power was assured by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) that payment to the land owners on account of land acquisition for 220KV Grid Station would be made within one week.

The meeting was convened by its chairman Senator Zahid Khan to take up a report on the issue of land acquisition for the construction of a 220 KV Grid Station in Malakand's village Thana. The issue of land acquisition and payment to the owners was discussed in detail and senior officials of NTDC assured the committee that 39 land owners would be made payment within one week. However, the committee gave time to the NTDC and asked it to make payment on January 30 and decided that local administration would complete all the documentation.

The committee also directed NTDC, as was decided in the last meeting, to submit complete details of Neelum-Jhelum Project transmission lines material, as well as details about its contractor and supplier.

The chairman of the committee stated that completion of 220 KV Grid Station in Malakand would provide electricity to nine districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He added that district administration would be able to save Rs 50 million for NTDC from land acquisition. Senator Nisar Muhammad said that Malakand is the only division where electricity recoveries are the highest - 97 percent. Senator Shahi Syed said the recovery rate indicates that propaganda against the people of KPK in relation to power theft is baseless. The Chairman stated that the people of the province have to face an 18-hour loadshedding due to a poor transmission infrastructure. He said the funds for infrastructure improvement were approved by the previous government but the project was delayed due to finalization of payment modalities between local administration and Wapda.

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