Four villages of Sheshi Koh valley linked with main road
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”,
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
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.