Unfair distribution of beautification funds criticized

‘Unfair’ distribution of beautification funds criticized

CHITRAL: People in Garam Chshma and Drosh are unhappy over what they say unfair distribution of funds released by the government to the district administration for the beautification of different areas in Chitral and Drosh subdivisions.

A few days ago, renowned religious and political figure Qari Jamal Abdul Nasir said  tehsil Drosh has been neglected in the allocation of beautification funds.
He said the provincial government had approved Rs280 million for the beautification of Chitral but surprisingly only Rs29.7 million were allocated for the entire tehsil of Drosh, including Arandu.
At a meeting, notables of Lotkoh on Sunday also criticized the district administration of Lower Chitral, saying their area has been ignored in the distribution of the funds though it has many tourist attractions, adding a lion’s share of the funds has been allocated for the Chitral town area.

According to a list available with ChitralToday, a whopping amount of over Rs36.49 million (36,497,533) has been set aside for the beautification the 1.6km Governor Cottage Road in the Chitral town area.

Moreover, over Rs304 million will be spent on the beautification of Bypass Road and Rs6.8 million on the construction and beautification of a gate at the entrance of Chitral.

Similarly, Rs10.83 million are to be spent on the construction of public toilets in the main bazar of Chitral town. 

On the other hand, Rs3.2 million will be spent on the beautification of the hot springs in Garam Chashma. 

In total, over Rs162.46 million will be eaten up by the beautification drive in the subdivision of Chitral while Drosh subdivision has been allotted Rs121.91 million.

The residents demanded that the funds should be allocated equally to beautify areas that could attract tourists and give a better look to the entire district. They said most of the roads in tourist spots such as Garam Chashma and Shishikoh were also in dilapidated conditions and should be repaired through these funds. 

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