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   October 09, 2014



Dilapidated Condition of Booni to Chitral road

Chitral to Booni Road is one of the viable project which has been funded by Asian Development Bank and successfully implemented by Chitral Area Development Project (CADP) in the year 1994. After introduction of Non-Government Organization culture in Chitral government has almost relegated its responsibilities as welfare state and its core duties like development of road infrastructure, Health care services etc have been outsourced to NGOs which has developed very complicated situation in the area. During development of Chitral to Booni Road the project was executed by different companies, even Chinese company also participated in construction work which ensured quality of the work to high extent. Unfortunately mettle portion of the road has been squeezed from 16 feet to 12 feet due to unknown reason which not only disfigured the giant project but it perpetually created serious problems for ongoing traffic in the road during over-taking and at the time of traffic crossing. Quality of mettle portion is highly durable and for the last two decades neither a single scratch has been so far surfaced in the whole road area which itself reflect the quality of work done in the mettle process. If the mettle portion would be 16 feet according to the original design it would be the best road not only in Chitral but in the whole KP Province.|

For the last two decades mettle portion has not been damaged even a single inch due to faulty work but in some places crakes and holes are visible due to sliding of rocks and flash floods. During construction of the road huge amount of explosive and dynamite had been used to remove the rocks and leveling the mountainous area which developed crakes due to the explosion and these crakes mountains and rocks a often falling amid earth quake and heavy rain or snow fall and damages surface of the road. These partial damages are still visible on the road and neither government nor any NGOs have ever bothered to fill these crakes in order to facilitate smooth flow of traffic. In down district Dir to Chitral road is under the supervision of NHA which take care of the road with its faulty work in case of mettle and widening but still there is someone to look after the road which is not exists in case of Booni to Chitral road.

During the era of Pervaiz Musharaf, he often visits Chitral and especially in case of Shandur Festival VIPS also accompanies him en route to the Shandur. At that time district administration of Chitral remove the rocks and other substance from the road to facilitate VIP movement in the area but after Musharaf era annual Shandur festival not received that much importance and gradually movement of VIPS also reduced in the area which ultimately impacted minor repair of Booni to Chitral road and the remnants of floods and rocks are piled up in some places for the last many years and there is non to remove these things to facilitate down trodden and neglected citizen (tax payers) of this unfortunate area which is called Chitral. After hectic efforts it has been investigated that there is one department named by Provincial Highway Authority which is responsible for looking after of this road but unfortunately that un-known department has no official existence in Chitral and we want to ask one question from District Administration that why responsibility of looking after of such important road has been assigned to absentee department in the district? Irony of the fate is that the people of Tehsil Matuj have no forum to register their protest about the dilapidated condition of the road for redressel.

We are hundred percent sure that neither district government nor so called Provincial Highway Authority (Absentee) department will take notice of this issue, therefore we request the energetic and visionary MPA of Tehsil Mastuj Mr. Sardar Hussain to take this issue as challenge and take serious interest in improvement and repair of this road which is regarded as life-line for the people of upper Chitral and especially Tehsil Mastuj. Improvement of the road could be made in short and long run basis.

Short run strategy:
1. Removing of the rocks and floods remnants from the road and minor repair and filling the crakes so that smooth flow of traffic is ensured on short run basis.

2. Especially condition of the road is extremely dilapidated at the point of Sha Char, Reshun to Charun and Moroi to Chitral points, which could be improved by minor repair works.

Long Run Strategy:
1. In the long run there is dire need of widening of this road in both sides to ensure flow of traffic which has been highly increased, especially after emerging of Non Custom Paid vehicle in Chitral traffic in the area increased manifold which need wide road.

2. Secondly mettle portion should be expanded from existing 12 feet to 20 feet so that over-taking and crossing of huge traffic is facilitated in the road to reduce increasing number of accidents which causes casualties in the area.

If MPA Mr. Sardar Hussain personally takes this responsibility and takes practical initiatives to improve dilapidated condition of this road it will be his valuable service for the people of Tehsil Mastuj and people will remember him in his whole life for this important service.

Nasir Mehmood


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