Hydropower Project in Kashmir
ADP is partnering with the Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) to rehabilitate a micro hydropower project in Union Council Phullawai of Kashmir’s Neelum District.
Phullawai is a small village with a population of 7, 500 people and a literacy rate below 10%. The 2010 floods caused severe damages to the village’s irrigation, electricity, and water-supply systems and the area now lacks basic health, energy and education facilities. Due to severe weather conditions, the village is disconnected from surrounding areas for three months annually and amongst other development needs, the need for electricity is urgent.
Through rehabilitation of the hydropower plant, ADP is supporting the provision of electricity for over 200 households (6,000 individuals). Power will be provided to schools, vocational centers and households thereby improving educational outcomes of the students in this remote village and helping the youth learn income generation skills. The project will also aid in reduction of deforestation in the area as the residents are currently dependent on firewood for lighting their houses. Additionally, this project will establish a Village Development Committee and encourage collaboration, community participation, and knowledge sharing in the area.
Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) founded in 2008. Working primarily in education, infrastructure, water and sanitation, livelihood, health areas, SDO encourages sustainable and self-reliant development. SDO has previously supported multiple education and energy projects, working on raising community awareness various social issues and training local activists. SDO has also collaborated with major donors to work on projects involving Girls’ Education Rights and Irrigation Channel Rehabilitation.
ADP will monitor the progress via the the capacity of the plant (measured by operational days, working hours and electricity produced). ADP is also keen on ensuring the sustainability of the plant by creating targets of monetary contribution towards the operational cost by the electricity consumers in the village (households and schools).
ADP is excited about the prospect of supplying electricity to a deserving rural area. Functional hydro-power plant will support livelihood and improve employment prospects in the area. Provision of electricity will also improve the standard of living, allowing beneficiaries to carry out activities after sunset. SDO has previous experience with developing successful micro hydro power projects in the region, projecting success and sustainability with this particular plant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why are we rehabilitating damaged infrastructure instead of creating a new plant?
The existing machinery was damaged after the 2010 floods. It is now too dilapidated to be utilized and must be repaired. Creating a new plant would cost much more and require a more flexible budget.
Q. Who will be paying for electricity usage and how?
Households will be charged a flat rate of Rs. 100 per month, while schools and government-supported institutions will be charged Rs. 200 per month.
Q. Why are beneficiaries charged a flat rate, as opposed to a proportionate fee?
There is no metering system in the village and existing technology is not advanced enough to allow individualized calculations of electricity usage.
We are really excited to announce that the micro hydropower project in Kashmir has been completed. The powerplant generates 75KW of energy, powering over 300 households. Electricity from the hydropower plant is provided to schools, vocational centers and households thereby improving educational outcomes and improving the potential for income generation. Additionally, the project will also enable a reduction in deforestation of the area, as previously the villagers were dependent of firewood for warmth and lighting. The Project completion report is available to view.
Due to harsh weather conditions in July and August, construction of the hydropower project was delayed but is now well under-way. The excavation for the hydropower channel was completed in July with the rest of the cementing, concrete and plastering work slated to be completed by mid October.
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