مئی 16, 2014

Roads to Kalash valleys remain closed to traffic

 

CHITRAL: The concerned authorities have failed to reopen the roads to Kalash valleys of Bumburate, Rumbur and Birir on the occasion of the Chilim Jusht spring festival, which started on Monday, complained local residents. 

They expressed concern over the closure of roads on the occasion of the spring festival for which they waited throughout the year.



The road to the twin valleys of Bumburate and Rumbur had been washed away by torrential floods at Oshan near Ayun village in July, last year, and was reopened to traffic after two months when the water level lowered. But, the communication and works department has not repaired the damaged portion of the road during last eight months as a result the road has again been closed for traffic with the rising of water level in the stream. 

The road leading to Birir valley was also damaged at several places by floods, but no repair work has been launched on it. 

Khosh Boi Kalash of Bumburate said that they had to walk on feet for hours to reach their destinations due to non-repair of roads. He said that closure of roads had also affected tourist flow to the valleys, dealing a severe a blow to local people’s economic conditions. 

When contacted, Chitral deputy commissioner Shoaib Jadoon said that makeshift arrangements were being made to restore traffic to the twin valleys of Bumburate and Rumbur. 

He said that delay in rehabilitation of roads was because of non-release of funds to the C&W department by the provincial government. 

YOUTH CLUBS: The youth clubs established and run by NGO, Relief International, at the village level would be turned into local support organisations to give them a permanent role. 

This was decided at the monthly meeting of the district zoonoses control committee (DZCC) presided by Dr Israrullah, district health officer, here. The participants emphasised the utility of the youth clubs and said that they acted as catalyst to raise awareness about zoonotic diseases. 

RI’s district project manager Dr Mohammad Tayyab, DZCC secretary Ajaz Ahmed, and its members were also in attendance. 

The district had been declared prone to the zoonotic diseases due to the dependence of more than 90 per cent of its residents on agriculture which necessitated cattle farming for their sustenance, said Dr Tayyab. “To cope with this situation, RI launched its project in some selected union councils of Chitral and started a blanket awareness programme targeting different strata of society, including women folk,” he added. 

The participants also suggested presenting awareness programmes about zoonoses in schools as success story, which had generated marvelous results in a short span of time in educating the people at grass root level. 

The meeting also decided to enlist support of local lawmakers in making the zoonoses control programme a success. 

On the occasion, the NGO handed over anti-rabbi vaccines to the health department. (via Dawn)

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