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    May 30, 2016


MNA demand early release of funds for flood effected infrastructure of Chitral

By Zahiruddin

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 negligence.

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 last year.

“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.



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