IKF & Give2Asia collaborate on MicroHydel in Langankar
04 Mar, 2013
As part of its ongoing effort to improve the quality of life of Pakistan’s neediest, the IKF has partnered with Give2Asia (the donor of the microhydel unit) to implement a micro-hydel project in the village of Langankar, in a remote part of Swat in the Union Council of Bahrain. The village, which has been in existence for at least 150 years has never had electricity of any sort. The microhydel generates 32 kva of power and provides the more than 100 families living here with the power to run 5-6 energy saver lights, a phone charger and a transistor radio.
Mohammad Subhan, one of the two shopkeepers in the village has said that prior to the installation of the microhydel, residents had to trek 2 hours to the nearest town to obtain firewood, oil and gas to keep themselves in the light and to keep warm during the bitterly harsh winter that is customarily faced by these mountain folk.
For those unfamiliar with microhydel units, they provide efficient, sustainable and emission free power. Water flows from the mountain tops through channels (man made or otherwise) directly into the micro hydel units turbines, which due to water pressure create energy required to run a generator. It runs 21 hours of the day, ensuring that the residents of Langankar have electricity for more time than most of their countrymen.
At a cost of just under Rs. 30 Lakhs, the microhydel unit requires minimum maintainence. Nevertheless, it is required from time to time and the residents have instituted a fund whereby each household contributes Rs. 100 per month to ensure a smooth operation of the unit. As of now, the microhydel has been running for 9 months approximately and the residents have not yet had to tap this fund.