Chitral-Booni and Mastuj Road re opened for light trafic
CHITRAL: Two of the three major roads connecting different
valleys of the district have been opened for vehicular traffic
after clearance of snow, snow-avalanche and the boulders from the
roads which included Chitral-Booni road, Booni-Mastuj road and
The incessant snowfall for four days last week had disconnected all
the thirty six valleys from each other while the intra-village
traffic of vehicles had also come to halt with the result that life
to a standstill throughout the district.
The district Nazim of Chitral, Maghfirat Shah while talking to the
local media persons here on Friday, said that normalcy is gradually
returning to the district with the opening of the roads connecting
the valleys with each other.
He appreciated the relentless efforts of communication and works
(C&W) department for clearing the major roads within a short span
of three days at the very peril of their lives because the snow
avalanches and boulders were at the verge of falling in the
mountainous sections of the roads.
Mr. Shah said that without opening the roads, the administration
had failed to provide relief packages to the people at Shershal
village where snow avalanche had damaged twenty five households
killing nine persons.
Meanwhile, the executive engineer of C&W department, Maqbul Azam
told the media that Chitral-Garam Chashma road was the most
affected one but its Chitral-Shoghore section had been opened and
the rest of the 25 kms of the road was mostly hit by snow
He said that in many places, the debris of the avalanches has been
covered the road at a stretch of more than one kilometer and it
will take two to three weeks to open it upto Garam Chashma.
He said that Mastuj-Shandur road leading to Gilgit-Baltistan
passing over the Shandur pass is also yet to be opened as the
avalanche and boulders have badly affected the road at numerous