Report Manzoor Ali
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chitral leaders on Monday said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would soon announce bifurcation of Chitral into upper and lower Chitral districts.
Addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, parliamentary secretary for tourism and MPA Bibi Fozia said PTI chief Imran Khan and chief minister Pervez Khattak would soon visit Chitral and announce the creation of the Upper Chitral district.
PTI’s Chitral district president Abdul Latif and other senior leaders’ inlcuding Rehmat Ghazi, Rizatul Billah and Haji Mukhtar were also present at this occasion.
She said that the Chitral constitutes about 20 per cent of KP areas and most difficult district administratively. She said that successive governments in the past did not paid attention to the public demand of bifurcation of Chitral into two districts.
“PTI government would carve out upper and lower districts from the Chitral district,” she said.
Ms Fozia at this occasion thanked KP chief minister Pervez Khattak for giving tehsil status to Drosh.
She said PTI government had initiated record number of development schemes across the district.
“PTI government has setup University of Chitral, extended Rescue 1122 to the district, established Girls College at Ayun and started work on 69 megawatts Lawi hydro project,” Ms Fozia said.
She said that KP government had also launched work on hydroelectricity projects of 600 megawatts under the KP Public Private Partnership policy and completion of these projects would made the district into most prosperous and developed district of the province.
She said that the KP government has allocated Rs. 980 million for the reconstruction of the Reshun hydel power station, which was destroyed in 2015 floods.
Ms Fozia said that the provincial government had also allocated Rs2.18 billion for the rehabilitation of 2015-16 floods and earthquake affected people while a Rs1 billion were allocated to reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed in both natural disasters.
She said that construction work on 11 bridge was in process, while chief minister KP also took personal interest for making the Shandur-Gilgit Road part of CPEC project.