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  February 11, 2017



Chitral-Booni and Mastuj Road re opened for light trafic

By Zahiruddin

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 Ayun-Bumburate road.

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 had come 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 avalanches.

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 places.



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