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   February 19, 2014



Chitral Shelter house

On the way to Peshawar we have had a chance to wait at the tunnel point till the SAMBU officials allow traffic to pass through the tunnel. It had been a tradition for the last many years when the episode of tunnel has been emerged as single entry for the people of Chitral to go down country. Waiting at the tunnel point for more than five hours is very difficult experience for the passengers especially; children, women and elderly people extremely suffer in this regard. People of Chitral in general and member of civil society in particular observed number of public demonstration for sensitizing government officials regarding suffering of the passengers during winter season so that amicable solution could be found for passengers but all the time their demand is turned down with the pretext that SAMBU company work is disturbed if work is suspended in the tunnel more than 48 hours. In this grim situation when general passengers were suffering to the highest extent SRSP came for rescue and initiated the brilliant idea of erecting Shelter House at the point of tunnel where no such facility was available and passengers especially women, children and elderly people were experiencing extreme hardships. After passing a few hours in the Shelter House we came to know that there are some organizations which are fully aware about problems of the community members and giving ideal solution for addressing the issues and SRSP is one of them. The structure of the Shelter House is also constructed according to the needs of the passenger like one waiting room for male, one waiting room for female, male wash room, female washroom and there is also one room reserved for mosque. Quality of all the rooms is very high and there is also heating system installed in the waiting room which further improve environment of the Shelter house. When vehicles are stopped at the point of tunnel passengers directly move from their vehicle towards the Shelter House like their home and enjoy some sort of cookies, tea and other edibles items served in the shelter house by the well disciplined jawan of Chitral Scouts.

This Shelter House converted the boring place of tunnel into picnic resort and all the time passengers enjoy in the shelter house till the traffic is allowed to move down country. This Shelter House Project is ideal combination of private public partnership and three different organizations are involved in executions and further maintenance of the project so that it becomes sustainable. From the board installed in the Shelter House Logos of SRSP, EU, Chitral Scouts and KP Government are visible which reflect that these entities are involved in this project. The project is financed by EU, executed by SRSP and further maintenance responsibility has been assigned to Chitral Scouts which reflect beautiful combination and it enhance sustainability of the project. SRSP Chitral is appreciated for this public friendly bold idea of the project which is dire need of the hours, EU is also highly appreciated for extending financial support for such type of humanitarian projects
and Chitral Scouts efforts in daily maintenance of the project is also commendable. Quality of work and service provided in the Shelter House is better than Guest House and I would like to rename it as "Lawari Guest House"

Ghani ur Rahman


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