Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Saturday, June 7—-June 13, 2008
By Zar Alam Khan
Work on a vital bridge linking the Yarkhun valley of Chitral with other parts of the district has been stopped for the second time. The bridge near Brep village was washed away in August 2006 cutting off the whole valley. Since then the residents have been demanding launch of work on the project but the government is using delaying tactics to reconstruct the bridge. The district nazim of Chitral had recently claimed that the Rs7.9 million project would be completed this year. Due to closure of the valley, the people are facing shortage of daily-use items particularly life saving drugs. As there is no health care facility in the whole valley, patients need to travel to Booni and Chitral towns but due to blockade of the road they are at the risk of losing their lives. The people of the area said a contractor, Mohammad Khan, had started work on the project in March on the directives of the newly-elected PML-Q legislators. However, after completing the boring work at the site, the contractor left the area. Sources said tenders for the project had still not been floated due to red-tape. Earlier during the MMA government, work on the project was also suspended after a few weeks. With the increase in the water level, the temporary bridge constructed on the River Yarkhun has also been washed away.