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    October 20, 2016



Four villages of Sheshi Koh valley linked with main road

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: Four remote villages in Sheshi Koh valley were connected with road for the first time here on Wednesday when jeep-able suspension bridge was inaugurated after its completion by Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) with the financial assistance of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.

The residents of Lauw and Lanjar had thronged the site of inauguration in large number as their dream had come true as a result of which the villagers saw any two or four wheeler in their villages while they used to remain stranded during the three months of summer season when the river is in high flood.

The chief executive officer of PPAF, Qazi Azmat Isa formally inaugurated the most sought-after facility by unveiling the
inauguration plaque and cutting the ribbon accompanied by CEO of SRSP, Shahzada Masoodul Mulk.

Speaking on the occasion, Qazi Isa said that PPAF will have sustained support to the people of the undeveloped area of Chitral including Sheshi Koh so that their hardships could be mitigated by providing them with infrastructures of communication.

He exhorted the villagers to ensure community participation in their development activities and main the spirit of democracy within their organization and provide everyone with a chance to take part in the organization.

“Chaos and confusion will reign supreme in the society where there a segment of it is marginalized and development works are delayed or affected in the absence of active participation of community”, he said.

Shahzada Masoodul Mulk, while speaking on the occasion, said that SRSP has been working in the valley for the last four years in different sectors of development ranging from poverty alleviation by self employment to road, drinking water supply and hydro power generation.

He thanked the PPAF chief for visiting the remote valley of Sheshi Koh which bordered the Swat valley in the East and examined the backwardness of the area for himself including the suspension bridge for which it had 4 million rupees.

The residents of the villages including member of zilla council from Sheshi Koh, Sher Muhammad Khan, former union nazim Sohrab Khan and others said that it was a momentous day for the villagers who were alien to all kinds of machinery in the absence of the bridge.

They said that with the facilities of road and bridge, the villagers will not only be able to have a contact with the rest of the valley but they will utilize the modern machinery of farming and increase their income with higher yield.

The villagers had to walk for more than four hours to have a pedestrian suspension bridge in the downstream and that too passed through mountainous terrains, they said and also demanded of SRSP chief to concentrate more attention on the valley keeping in view the plight of the people.

One of the villagers, Tariq Ahmed, told Chitral Times  on the occasion that he had drowned in the river some twenty years ago while going to school but was saved by the villagers.

The PPAF chief later on also inspected the work on a micro hydro power station of 125 kilo watt generation capacity feeding 229 households at Pursad village of the valley which is at the verge of completion constructed by SRSP and funded by PPAF.



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