In a remarkable development that has garnered attention from many struggling with high electricity bills, residents of a small remote village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Buner district enjoy uninterrupted electricity at a cost of only Rs. 200 per month.
While basic facilities are still lacking in many parts of this remote village, 30-year-old resident Shaukat Hussain has taken the initiative to build a hydroelectric power plant with an investment of Rs. 100,000, offering electricity at an astonishingly low rate.
Local residents reported that they do not receive power from the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), unlike the rest of the country. Remarkably, they are oblivious to the frequent electricity rate hikes and power outages that plague other regions.
One resident expressed their satisfaction, saying, "Our village may be remote and underdeveloped, but the darkness has been replaced with light. We pay a monthly bill of Rs. 200 and have access to electricity. We are extremely pleased."
Hussain disclosed that the village consists of about 100 households, each paying Rs. 200 per month for electricity. He explained, "We use these funds for equipment maintenance, as we aim to provide affordable electricity to those who cannot afford higher rates. However, free electricity is not feasible due to the high cost of spare parts."
Additionally, he mentioned that the electricity generated by this hydroelectric plant benefits the community significantly, and the mill they operate also produces high-quality flour.
Hussain emphasized that with government support, more people in the area could benefit from such initiatives, as there are ample water resources in the village where small hydropower plants can be established.