Encroachment on water courses are main cause of floods....CM
Chitral Times Report
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has termed
encroachments on water courses as main cause of floods and vowed
that the anti-encroachment operation in the province would
continue without any discrimination. He announced to remove all
encroachments from Budhani nullah would be removed within three
days and strict legislation was underway to punish encroachers
in future. He said, those who encroached the state land and
suffered losses due to the flood would not be compensated.
The Chief Minister was talking to media at Budhani Bridge during
his visit to flood-hit areas of Peshawar Monday.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ministers, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani and Mian
Jamshed ud Din, Advisor to the CM Ishtiaq Urmar, Special
Assistant, Fazal Ilahi, MPAs, Mahmood Jan and Arbab Jahandad,
Deputy Commissioner Peshawar, Riaz Mahsud, Assistant
Commissioner Usama Waraich were also accompanyining the Chief
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that that the provincial
government had issued notices to the illegal occupants of
Budhani nullah and certain other areas but they failed to remove
encroachments voluntarily. On expiry of the deadlines, that was
today (Monday), an operation will be launched to retrieve the
encroached land and a strategy in this regard would be finalized
at a meeting to be held at CM Secretariat on Tuesday, he added.
He said that people had built houses over nullahs which
disturbed the smooth flow of flood water and diverted the flood
water to populated areas. He said that the government is
preparing a map of nullahs and government lands in order to
identify and restore them in original condition and warned that
those who had made constructions over nullahs will not be
compensated in case of any loss.
Talking about Chitral flood, Chief Minister, Khattak said that
the provincial government in collaboration with Pakistan Army
was working for the rehabilitation of flood-hit areas of Chitral
adding that the federal government had also made commitment to
contribute for this purpose. He said that the provincial
government is distributing relief goods in the flood affected
areas through army. He said that reconstruction work for
restoring the major damaged roads of Chitral has been handed
over to FWO for their early completion.
Later Pervez Khattak visited the flood affected areas of
Charsada Road, Warsak Road, Kafoor Dheri, Mathra, Nasir Bagh,
and Regi and also viewed a collapsed bridge at village Noor Garh
of Kafoor Dheri.