Chitral economic zone to create 8,000 jobs: CM

CM opens reconstruction of Reshun powerhouse

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan held a one-day visit to Chitral where he inaugurated the reconstruction of 4.2 MW Reshun hydel power project which was destroyed in the 2015 floods.

The project will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs806 million by June 2020 benefiting approximately 16,000 local residents.

The chief minister during his visit also inaugurated Government Girls Degree College in Drosh, PMRU Cell in the deputy commissioner office Lower Chitral and also distributed cheques among the Village Wildlife Conservation Committees.

He also awarded certificates for handling and taking over of land to the Kalash community for a graveyard and also distributed cheques among those affected from floods this year.

Every year hunting permits are awarded through a bidding process which generates millions in revenue of which majority of the amount is awarded to the Village Conservation Committees for carrying out developmental works such as awarding of scholarships, financial assistance to medical patients, hiring of teachers at community level and construction of link roads and suspension bridges etc.

The process helps in making the local citizens part of the governance which not only develops trust between public and the government but also helps in proper utilisation of funds as per public priorities.

While addressing a public gathering, the chief minister stated that corrupt political mafias have plundered the national treasury during their previous governments which has left every child of the nation in debt. He promised that the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will ensure accountability of these mafias and will recover the looted wealth at every cost.

The chief minister clarified that local government elections will be held soon which will ensure devolution of power to grass root level establishing proper democratic norms by involving local citizens in the development of their respective areas.

Mahmood Khan also affirmed that funds for all the ongoing developmental schemes in Chitral will be provided duly and also announced the construction of Clean drinking water supply scheme for Reshun along with the establishment and rehabilitation of polo grounds in Upper Chitral.

During his visit, the Chief Minister was also briefed in detail regarding the development works underway in Chitral and the administrative issues including shortage of doctors and supporting staff, handing over of Drosh Irrigation Scheme to the Irrigation Department and Restoration of Golen Gol valley.

The chief minister stated that the issue of shortage of doctors will be resolved soon after the hiring of Doctors throughout the province in order to meet the deficiency of medical staff.

Moreover, he  directed the immediate handling over of Drosh Irrigation Scheme to the irrigation department and also clarified that the summary for restoration of Golan Gol valley has been signed after which the restoration works will be initiated soon.

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