CHITRAL, Feb 3: The half a kilometer portion of Chitral-Booni road at Zait in front of Shogram was damaged during the flooding in 2010. Though the road has not been reconstructed and traffic is diverted along the riverbed, Rs120 million sanctioned for the project have already been embezzled, according to the local people who spoke to this correspondent.
- [caption id="attachment_7487" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fed up with government apathy, people construct the damaged road on their own.–GH Farooqui[/caption] During a visit to the site, people of the area said the contract for the rehabilitation of the road was awarded to Ameerullah, a former UC nazim and a contractor. The contractor, they added, tried to demolish the rock on the road by spraying water on it through plastic pipes and then submitted a claim for Rs120 million to the C&W department. The local people complained that former executive engineer C&W Syed Jalal Jan had proposed construction of the road through the rock but after initiation the work was aborted, wasting millions of rupees.