Chitral Power Enhancement

Capacity Enhancement Of Chitral Hydel Power Station From 1MW To 5 MW

The existing 1.0 MW Chitral Hydel Power Station is located on the right bank of Lutkho River, 5 Km upstream of Chitral City. The Project was commissioned in 1975 by diverting the flows of Lutkho River through 3.72 Km long channel and installing 2 units of 200 KW and 2 units of 300 KW each. The power generated from Chitral Hydel Power Station is supplied to Chitral City through 11 KV Transmission Line.

The power demand in Chitral area has now been increased and there is a dire need to upgrade the capacity of existing Hydel Power Station at Chitral. In the initial construction phase of Project, limited flows of Lutkho River were diverted to Power Channel for generation of 1 MW only. However the river has abundant flows which can be utilized for Power Generation by constructing a small diversion weir, remodeling of power channel & fore bay and installation of new penstocks and additional units. It is estimated that the Power can be enhanced up to 5 MW.

WAPDA had preliminary studies for the proposed up-gradation. Topographic Survey, Geological Mapping for weir Intake, Power Channel and Power House areas and drilling at weir and Power House area were carried out. Tender Design Report has been completed by Hydro Planning WAPDA in May, 2012.

The estimated cost of the Project is USD 15 million and completion time is 3 years.

Base cost:

US $ 13.70 Million

Total Cost:

US$ 16.38 Million

FIRR with/without CDM:

22.42 / 21.57%

EIRR with/without CDM: 35.75/ 34.37%


Salient Technical Features

Installed Capacity 5 MW
Number of Units 2 Francis Horizontal
Rated Design Flow 16 m3/sec
Gross Head 37.8 meter
Net Head 36.5 to 37.2 meter
Expected Annual Energy 42.08 GWh against the existing Avg. Energy of 4.13 GWh.


Present Status

  • PC-I submitted to the Ministry of Water & Power on 03.04.2014. After attending latest observations of the Ministry, it has been resubmitted on 12.02.2015.
  • Concept Paper of the Project was submitted to Ministry of Water & Power on 25.09.2014 which was forwarded to Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms on 11.11.2014.
  • AFD has shown interest to finance the Project.
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