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     July 23,  2015



CM announced to restore infrastructure within a month

Chitral Times Report

CHITRAL: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has announced that infrastructure devastated by recent flash-floods in Chitral would temporarily be restored within one month while permanent rehabilitation would take six months. He said that all rehabilitation operations in the flood-hit district would be jointly carried out by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federal government as well as Pakistan Army. In this regard, he added, a principle decision has been taken during the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Chitral on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister told high ranking authorities of relevant provincial government departments and relief and rehabilitation agencies had reached Chitral on previous Eid day and all necessary machinery and other resources were mobilized as soon as the first information about the flood was received by the provincial government. He dispelled the impression about scarcity of food in Chitral and informed that abandoned wheat reserves were available at the Provincial Reserves Centers of Chitral district.

He was speaking at a gathering of flood-affected male and female citizen of Village Koragh in Tehsil Mastuj of district Chitral Wednesday where he paid a visit along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and officials of Pakistan Army. The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on this occasion had a detail aerial view of flood devastations in Chitral city Darosh, Boni, Garam Chashma, Bamboreet, Rambur, Mastuj and other flood- hit areas.

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, General Officer Commanding Maj.Gen Nadir Khan, Federal Ministers Pervez Rasheed, MushahidUllah Khan, Provincial Ministers InayatUllah and Muhammad Atif Khan, MPA Saleem Khan and other members of the provincial assembly from Chitral, MNA Iftikhar Mohiuddin, ACS Dr. Hammad Agha and other officials of concerned provincial and federal government departments were also accompanying them.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for visiting Chitral to express sympathies with the affected people and said that like the sufferings of flood affectees, the provincial and federal governments were also disturbed on the miseries that the torrential rains brought to them. He however vowed that the affected population would not be allowed to faced the miseries alone. Pervez Khattak said that he would stay in chital until rehabilitation; operations in all affected areas of the districts are not initiated properly. He said that all necessary resources had already been mobilized to carry out repair of flood-hit roads, bridges, water supply schemes, irrigation and agriculture water channels and other affected facilities. He however informed that works departments were facing difficulties in initiating repair of three major un-accessible roads. He said that all required financial resources were available with the provincial government adding that repair and rehabilitation work on various roads, water channels and water supply schemes had been commenced.

Meanwhile, GOC and other officers of Pakistan Army also gave a detail briefing to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Governor Sardar Mehtab about updates of the flood situation and suggested measures for compensating the affectees and restoring the affected facilities. Ealier on his arrival at Chitral airport Chief Minister Pervez Khattak directed the district administration to use its full powers for the relief and rehabilitation activities. He said that the provincial government had already disbursed 10 million rupees to the district administration for procuring essential food items for the flood affected people. Offering generous funds for these flood-hit areas, He said that the provincial government would feel no hesitation to release even one billion rupees if they were required for the needy population of flood affected areas.


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