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     July 24,  2015



Chief Minsiter Pervez Khatak and Imran Khan visited flood effected areas

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: Chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the his government was intensifying its efforts to restore the essential facilities of roads and tracks, bridges, water supply schemes (WSS) and irrigation channels in the flood affected areas of Chitral while the relief measures will also be continued side by side.

Talking to the flood victims during his visit to the flood-hit areas of Chitral city, Garam Chashma, Boni and Bumburi here on Thursday, he claimed that the relevant provincial government departments have made a considerable progress for planning permanent and sustainable rehabilitation of the affected areas.

“ I have asked the heads of various government departments to stay in Chitral for finalizing the plan and also supervising the ongoing operations for temporary restoration of basic facilities like roads, bridges and WSSs”, he said.

“There was no shortage of food in the affected areas and as many as seven thousand bags of wheat were available at the provincial Reserve Centre of district Chitral”, he claimed.

Mr. Khattak said that Pakistan Army was also supporting the provincial government for carrying out relief and rehabilitation operations in a desired and effective manner for which KP government and the suffering people of Chitral are thankful to them.

He told that he would visit Chitral time and again to review progress on the reconstruction measures for which he had held a crucial meeting of all concerned departments to chalk out a fool proof strategy for the rehabilitation.

Referring to the preliminary estimates Pervez Khattak told that the damaged communication infrastructure would be repaired and reconstructed at a cost of one billion rupees approximately while irrigation department has demanded Rs. 43.6 million for the repair of its damaged water channels adding that Frontier Works Organization would be engaged for all reconstruction works to ensure timely and up to the mark completion of the schemes.

The Chief Minister assured that the washed away Boni-Chitral road will be made useable before harvesting about one billion rupees worth standing crop of potato in a bid to facilitate save transportation of the produce from the farms to market. He also announced Rescue 1122 service for Chitral.

Earlier the CM and Imran Khan walked through the damaged areas and viewed the washed away and damaged roads, bridges and other affected facilities.

Meanwhile Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Chairman of the PTI, Imran Khan attended a briefing about latest flood situation and relief measures, given by Pakistan Army at Chitral Scouts Mess Thursday. He was told that the floods emerged in different rivers and tributaries had damaged 197 houses, 123 shops, 22 roads ans tracks, 27 WSSs, four power projects, 15 bridges, and several other facilities besides 36 percent of standing crops.

He said that on directives of the Chief Minister, an amount of 23 million was kept at disposal of the Chitral civil administration for food while KP government had released another amount of 140 million for the repair of the damaged facilities.

The Chairman Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, Secretary General of the PTI, Jahangir Tareen, Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Asad Qaisar, Provincial Ministers Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, Muhammad Atif, Shah Farman, MPAs from Chitral Saleem Khan and Fozia Bibi, and high ranking government officials were also accompanying him.

The Chief Minister and the PTI head, accompanied by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Nadir Khan earlier had an aerial view of the flood-affected areas and the GOC showed them the most affected areas and facilities.


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