Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday announced an aid of Rs 500 million from the federal government, to be equally matched by the provincial government for relief work in Chitral. The Prime Minister who was on a daylong visit to Chitral to witness the devastation caused by torrential rains assured prompt rehabilitation of the infrastructure damaged by the devastating floods.
The Prime Minister addressed a gathering of elders in Chitral and announced a compensation of Rs 500,000 for each family whose house was completely destroyed, and said compensation for partially damaged houses would be announced after damage assessment. He announced construction of Drosh-Chitral road at a cost of Rs 27 billion and said Chitral will evolve into a modern city and would be linked with the Central Asian Republics (CARs).
He said it would be linked to the CARs through the Wakhan Strip and bring immense business and employment opportunities for the local people. He said Chitral’s agricultural and fruit produce would find new markets and help boost the economy. Addressing a gathering of flood-affected people in Koragh area of Chitral, he announced completion of Lowari Tunnel before December 2016 and said the PML-N government was committed to serve the masses and to look after their welfare.
Nawaz Sharif said it was his earnest desire that this area is developed at par with other areas and more job opportunities are available for progress and prosperity of the people. Upon his arrival a large crowd received the Prime Minister with slogans of Pakistan Zindabad and Nawaz Sharif Zindabad. The Prime Minister assured that the government would provide all resources for rehabilitation of flood-hit people and ensure reconstruction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure destroyed and damaged by the flash floods.
The Prime Minister also announced to write off agricultural loans of ZTBL in the flood-affected areas and opening of Utility Stores in the areas cut off from Chitral to ensure provision of edible and other essential items to the people. He said reasonable financial assistance would be provided to the people whose houses were destroyed in the flash floods and torrential rains.
In a briefing by Major General Nadir Khan, General Officer Commanding, Army Division Malakand at the Chitral Scouts Hq, the Prime Minister was informed that the Pakistan Army was spearheading the rescue and rehabilitation operation. In this regard all available resources were being used in collaboration with the civil administration, Nadir Khan briefed.
Prime Minister Sharif appreciated the role of the army in this regard. The Prime Minister earlier had an aerial view of the flood-affected areas soon after his arrival. Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi were also present.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was on a daylong visit to Chitral to witness the relief and rehabilitation work, following the widespread devastation due to heavy rains and flooding. Chief Minister KPK Pervaiz Khattak and senior officials of the administration received the Prime Minister upon his arrival.