Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: Civil society organizations from Upper and Lower Chitral at a meeting here called upon the government and its agencies concerned to start work on all projects that were inaugurated by the chief minister and other authorities.
Civil society organizations put up the demand at a meeting held under Chitral Development Movement (CDM) which was presided over by Qazi Ali Murad from Mastuj.
This was the first meeting of its kind attended representative of different civil society organizations from both districts lower and upper Chittral, said the organizers.
The meeting was attended by Lotkoh Development Forum, Drosh Action Forum, Karimabad Development Forum, Turkhow- Trich Road Forum, Arandu Action Forum and Ayun Forum.
All contractors should be required to start work immediately after the transfer of land compensation. Immediate and practical work should be started on Chitral-Garm Chashma Road which has gone through the stages of inauguration many times.
Funds for land acquisition for Chitral-Shandur Road and Chitral to Bumburate Road should be immediately transferred to the account of the deputy commissioner and practical work should be started without any further delay and funds should be released for construction of Karimabad and Arkari Road, Shoghor, Roji Bridge.
The participants also demanded payment of compensation to all those whose land had been acquired for the construction of Mirkhani-Aranandu Road.
The said construction work on Mastuj to Broghil Road should also be started. The construction work of Booni Torkhow Road, which has been going on since 2008, should be completed immediately.
Representatives from different areas criticized elected members of provincial and national assemblies for not taking any interest in public issues.
The meeting also expressed disappointment that recently Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman visited Drosh to see some saffron plants in a government helicopter but did not discuss with elders of the area regarding their issues and they were also insulted on the occasion.
CDM Chairman Waqas Advocate, Shabbir Ahmed, Inayatullah Asir, Razit Billah, Maulana Israr-ud-Din Hilal, Liaquat Ali, Engineer Isa Khan and others spoke on the occasion.