Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) is home to mighty snow-capped peaks, gushing rivers and rushing torrents. Yet there is a dark side to its stunning natural beauty. People are suffering from power crises despite GB being the water bank of Pakistan. There is a potential for production of over 40,000 MW from running water but the reality is that even today, numerous villages are off-grid whereas others suffer from constant power breakage and long hours of load-shedding.
In October, 2017 the initial visit of IFC’s Lighting Pakistan Program received a warm welcome from the government, civil society organisations and opinion makers.
The Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan is willing to provide quality solar lighting solutions to rural Health centres and schools.
One of the key potential partners is the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), serving the region since 1982. The management of AKRSP is willing to provide full support in awareness raising, access, and creating links with the local support organisations and entrepreneurs.
Local organisations such as Baltistan Cultural and Development Foundation (BCDF) as well as Local Support Organisations (LSOs) are fully committed to introduce quality, affordable and durable solar solutions to the households in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Way forward: Visit of the distributors in November will be followed by supply of solar lights in GB.
In the picture above – IFC team in conversation with the Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan