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    May 14, 2016



MPA Sardar Hussain demands funds for rehabilitation of Flood-hit Chitral Booni Road

By Zahiruddin

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.



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