MNA demand early release of funds for
flood effected infrastructure of Chitral
CHITRAL: The MNA from Chitral, Shahzada Iftikharud Din has
warned the provincial government of human tragedy that is imminent
in different valleys of Chitral in the coming monsoon season as the
people will remain stranded in their valleys in the absence bridges
and roads which were devastated by the flash flood last year.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he criticized the
provincial government for its failure to reinstate the
infrastructures of roads, bridges and irrigation channels in
Chitral after a lapse of eleven months and termed a criminal
He said that the district is divided into thirty sub-valleys
out of which twenty valleys remained cut off from the rest of the
district by road as the bridges and roads connecting them were
washed away by the flash flood and glacial lakes outburst floods of
“The government of the province utterly failed even 2 percent of
the devastated infrastructures and what has been accomplished in
small scale is solely due to the share of the federal government
which had been announced by the prime minister in Kuragh village of
Chitral last year amounting to 500 million rupees”, he said.
“Famine will take place in the valleys of Mulkhow, Terich, Torkhow,
Yarkhoon, Laspur, Bumburate, Birir, Rumbur, Sheshi Koh and Beori if
the roads are swept away by the floods”, he said adding that a
horrendous and tough time was ahead for Chitralis due to the
negligence of the government.
I approached the government time and again with the request to
realize the intensity of the problem and desist from wasting the
time but all this fell on deaf ears of the government, he lamented.
Shahzada Iftikhar said that the volume of public sector development
program (PSDP) of the federal was larger than the annual
development (ADP) of the province which shows the indifference of
PTI-led coalition government towards the plight of Chitralis.
He appreciated the federal government for its generous contribution
in the sectors of roads and information technology and described
the acceleration of work on Lowari tunnel project, release of funds
for Chakdara-Chitral road, Shandur road and installation of towers
for making mobile phone service operative in hundred percent areas
of the district.
He said that the federal government has also contributed for
establishing a marble city near Drosh for which land has been
acquired recently while the local hydro-power house was also being
upgraded to rid the people of power load shedding.
Shahzada Iftikhar asked the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami to prevail
upon the provincial government to allocate funds for the
rehabilitation of infrastructures in Chitral instead of hoodwinking
them in the name of Islam.