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     July 28,  2015



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 Minister.

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.




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