The Only Road To Safed Arkari Valley Remain Block Since One Month
By: Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: The only road to the Safed Arkari valley in Chitral remain blocked since the last one month due to heavy snowfall and avalanches causing severe hardships for more than 12,000 people residing in the valley.
The 12,000 people of the valley are still stranded and have to travel the 70 kilometer-long distance littered with the huge avalanches on foot to reach the Chitral headquarter and back. The local residents including women and children on self-help basis started clearing the road as they were disappointed by the government to clear the only road to the area of snow and boulders.
The villagers said that the local administration had reserved only one tractor to clear the road blocked by snow and avalanches.
They said that the people were stranded in the valley which has no basic facilities of life including schools, hospitals or even a dispensary, telephone and mobile. The villagers said that the area was also facing a severe shortage of food items adding that they have to walk on feet for two days to bring floor bag from Mulagono. They complained that the local are facing severe starvation whereas the politicians are busy in taking the area photos from helicopters.
The local women said that the road remain blocked since the last one month however no politician, MNA, MPA and high officers have ever bothered to inquire about their sufferings.
They demanded of the government to take practical and urgent steps to open the road and provide them with food and other facilities.
Women of the area registered their protest with new way who started clearing of road from snow on self help basis. they alleged that Provincial government badly failed to give relief to affected people and Imran Khan is busy in sit in against prime Minister who is more better than provincial government.