132KV Grid Station was formally energized in Hattar Special Economic Zone on Friday to provide uninterrupted power supply to the industrial units of the zone and address the electricity related problem of the investors.
In this connection, a ceremony was held at Hattar Special Economic Zone with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Minister for Industries, Commerce,Technical Education Newly Merged Districts Affairs,Dr.Aamir Abdullah as chief guest on the occasion, who inaugurated the energization of the grid station.
Besides, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KP-EZDMC). Javed Iqbal Khattak, members of Board of Directors Tayab Swati and Hasan Farid, office bearers of the Hattar Industrial Association were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the participants of the inaugural ceremony, the caretaker minister said that the energization of the grid station will help resolve electricity related problems of the industrial units to maximum level.
He reiterated the resolve of the provincial government that it would continue taking such initiatives for the resolution of the general public and investors with the same zeal and enthusiasm in future also.
He went on to say that this endeavour will not be limited to only the development of infrastructure, rather other hurdles will also be removed to resolve problems faced by the investors and general public.
The provincial minister said that he had already taken up the issue of the wheel-charges on electricity with the chairman National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) who has assured its resolution of the issue soon.
Dr.Aamir Abdullah said that he has a detail list of the problems of the industrialists of the zone and reiterated his commitment for taking steps for their resolution.
He appreciated the performance and resolve of the management of KP-EZDMC and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) and said that if they continued working with the same spirit and dedication, then there will be no hurdle in the industrial uplift of the province and vowed that he will leave no stone unturned in the resolution of their problems.
Earlier, in his welcome address the CEO KP-EZDMC, Javed Iqbal Khattak highlighted in details the efforts and achievements of the company for the development of the economic zones to attract domestic and foreign investment.
He said that Hattar Special Economic Zone (HSEZ)) is a flagship project of KP-EZDMC along with Rashakai Special Economic Zone.
The zone has a total area of 438 acres with 324 acres of leasable land, whose all plots have already been allotted.
The CEO KP-EZDMC said that seven industrial units have become operational with the investment of Rs.8 billion with six more near commencement of production while more than Rs.60 billion will be invested in the remaining under construction units.
He said that the energization of this new Grid Station, Hattar SEZ is poised to become even more attractive destination for businesses seeking to establish their operations, ultimately leading to increased job opportunities and economic growth in the region.