July 22, 2015

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited flood affected areas of Chitral to oversee the relief and rescue activities in progress by the NDMA and other concerned departments.

The Prime Minister took an aerial view of flood affected areas throughout the Chitral District. He landed from the helicopter at Kuragh and addressed a large number of people including women and assured them government will provide all support in this difficult time.

The Prime Minister directed to open Utility Stores at Murdan, Karimabad, Arkari, Parabeg and Kuragh.

He announced to complete Lowari Tunnel before December 2016 and said that this year Rs. 4 billion have been allocated for Lowari Tunnel project. More funds as much required for this project will be provided, the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister responding to the demand of the people said that in view of provincial Government declaring Chitral calamity hit area the ZTBL loans stands waived off. The Prime Minister assured the people that they will not be left alone in this hour of distress and whole nation will stand with them.

Later the Prime Minister was briefed by Chairman NDMA, Chairman NHA and General Officer Commanding (GOC) Malakand Division about measures so far undertaken to provide relief and further plans of recovery and assistance to improve the conditions out of calamity.

He directed the concerned departments to employ all resources on emergency basis and make appropriate arrangements for the affected people. 

The Prime Minister ordered for damage assessment of the destroyed houses. He directed that owners of completely destroyed houses will be compensated with Rs. 5 lakh while the amount for partially damaged houses will be determined separately.

The Prime minister urged NHA to restore and repair the damaged roads and bridges as soon as possible. He emphasised vigilance in view of the weather forecast for heavy rains and stressed for mobilisation of necessary machinery and equipment to meet any emergent situation.

The Prime Minister urged the federal and provincial governments to be on the alert and be ready with advance preparations to mitigate the flood related damages and safeguard the population living in flood prone areas.

He further said that no inaction from any quarter should be witnessed in the relief and rescue activities as warnings have already been issued by the concerned met office experts.

After the briefing, while addressing the notables the Prime Minister announced aid of Rs. 500 million by the federal government which will be matched with Rs. 500 million by the provincial government of KP for relief work of Chitral.

The Prime Minister said that government will take all necessary steps to bring the Chitral at par with other developed areas of the country and make it a link with Central Asia, especially through Wakhan area of Afghanistan as part of regional cooperation in trade and development with the countries of the region.  

The Prime Minister expressed that he would direct the concerned ministries to utilize the agriculture especially fruit farming and mineral potential of Chitral.

He further said that people of Chitral are very dear to him and they need good amenities of life and health and education facilities.

The Prime Minister informed the notables that Chakdara-Chitral road with the cost of Rs. 27 billion is about to complete and will be of great benefit to the people of Chitral.

The Prime Minister expressed his sorrow for the losses of life in floods in various incidents and commiserated with affected families. Governor KP Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Abbasi, Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan accompanied the Prime Minister in his visit to Chitral. Chief Minister KP received the Prime Minister at Chitral Airport.