MPA Sardar Hussain demands funds for rehabilitation of Flood-hit
Chitral Booni Road
CHITRAL: MPA from upper Chitral Syed Sardar Hussain Shah has
demanded of the government to release the funds for the
rehabilitation of flood-hit segment of Chitral-Booni road at Kuragh
and construction of a suspension bridge over its stream otherwise
the Mastuj tehsil and Gilgit-Baltistan will be cut off from the
district headquarters and consequently the whole country.
Talking to the media in Chitral Press Club here on Friday, he
alleged an amount of 160 million rupees, allocated by the PDMA for
the restoration of physical infrastructures affected by the flash
flood of last year, were being withheld by the district government
showing no cogent reason.
He said that out of the huge amount, Rs. 20 million was earmarked
for restoration of road at Kuragha and Rs. 10 million for the
construction of bridge in the same village for whose tenders had
been called and accepted but no work can be started as the district
government is reluctant to release the amount from the Account-IV
maintained by it.
Mr. Shah warned that work on the sites should be carried out
without losing a single moment which will not be possible with the
rise of water level which has already started due to the melting of
glaciers and snow accumulated in the highlands.
He said that given the topography of the affected segment of the
road, human tragedy will happen as crossing the blocked spot by
feet also becomes impossible as it passes through steep mountains
on one side and the river on the other.
He said that the blockage of the road for vehicular traffic and the
pedestrians will give rise to the acute shortage of food items,
life saving drugs and other commodities of daily life while no
patient can be removed to the DHQ hospital.
He also castigated the food department for its utter failure to
store the wheat in its warehouses situated in far-flung areas
including Terich, Laspur, Yarkhoon, Torkhow and Oveer where
famine-like situation has already taken place.
He said that the situation will turn to the worst if the valley
roads are closed due to the torrential rains and the road is
blocked at Kuragh due to its erosion into the river on which no
work has been started.