In the face of rising energy crisis and escalating cost of fossil fuels, alternate energy resources are being explored as a national objective. Being inherently deficient in fossil fuels& in view of fast depleting natural gas reserves, Pakistan has to rely heavily on expensive fuel imports to support its thermal generation plans. But with the escalating cost of imported fuels & international concern on carbon emission, it has become ever more necessary to explore alternate sources of energy within the country to reduce dependence on imported fuel & ensure energy supply to maintain industrial & socio-economic growth.
As a part of its energy security plan, the Government of Pakistan lays greater emphasis on tapping the indigenously available coal, wind, hydro & solar energy resources to raise their share in energy generation to a significant level. Since the State of AJK is blessed with abundant hydropower potential in close proximity to major industrial & urban load centers, proposals & schemes for its development area in the national interest & need to be supported. Energy generation from indigenous hydropower resources would significantly contribute towards saving imports of fossils fuels for the same purpose.
To plan and to undertake development of identified hydro potential.
The outline of the Policy to promote the development of hydropower projects in AJK covers the following aspects.
The GoAJK shall extend all possible support & assistance to the prospective potential Investors/project developers, who face difficulties in framing their proposals or obtaining necessary consents from the departments concerned.