MNA demands 24 hrs opening of Lowari tunnel

Published on: 15/10/2018 | Comments: 1 comment 

Chitral: MNA Chitral Molana Abdul Akbar Chitrali has in a press conference held at Peshawar Press club demanded that the Lowari tunnel be opened as a two way tunnel 24 hours a day just like other tunnels are. He said there is no work going on inside and for years on the pretext of ongoing work Chitralis have been tortured at the tunnel.

The MNA mentioned the rough handling he got at the hands of security personnel at the tunnel and said if the attitude of security personnel continues to be like this there will be emerge many Mazoor Pashtins to challenge the high handedness, but we will not let this happen he quickly added. He said vehicle registration etc should be handed over to police on both sides of the tunnel and NHA should take management of traffic under it’s own control and not make any excuses. He said he would submit a privilege motion in the National Assembly regarding the incident. MPA Molana Hidayatur Rahman and other political leaders were present with him during the press conference.? .. CN report, 15 Oct 2018

Ex-MNA asks for continuation of infrastructure mega projects

Published on: 08/10/2018 | Comments: No comments 

?On my behalf I met KP senior minister and minister of tourism Atif Khan in the second week of Sept and requested him to have all the NHA road projects namely Chitral-Garam Chashka Dorah Pass Road costing Rs8.4 billion, Chitral-Kalash Valleys Road, Chitral-Shandur Road, Terich Lot Owir,? Chitral-Chakdara road and Torkhow Road which the C&W department was implemented if we really want promotion of tourism in the area. To my request, Atif Khan promised to speak to PM Imran Khan to ensure that Garam Chashma and Kalash Valley roads are executed as planned,? Shahzada Iftikhar said in a statement on Sunday.

At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Commission (ECNEC) on March 7, 2018, it was ensured that Chitral-Shandur Road was not left alone to CPEC funding and at the time of approval it was agreed that for this road funds would be allocated via PSDP. Therefore, an amount of Rs1.5 billion was allocated in PSDP 2018 for the current financial year.

?In the 2018-19 budget, I had ensured that Rs1.5 billion were allocated for Chitral-Shandur Road against its total cost of Rs16.75 billion, another Rs1.5 billion were allocated for Chitral-Garam Chashma Road with the total project cost of Rs8.4 billion, Rs500 million were set aside for the Kalash valley Roads with the total cost of Rs4.6 billion and Rs300 million were reserved for the Torkhow Road. Now 12 out of 13 excavators and bulldozers have been moved out of the Torkhow Road project site by the contractor.
The federal government recently dropped the Chitral-Shandur road from the current fiscal year?s PSDP while funding for another mega project, Chakdara-Chitral Road, has also been shelved.

?It is very painful to learn of the new government?s priorities. Chakdara Chitral Road also part of the PSDP costing Rs17.42 billion had been guaranteed funding from South Korean?s EXIM Bank whose status needs to be determined. Likewise Rs75 crores were included in PSDP for Terich Lot Owir Road in addition to three bridges each costing Rs16 crores between Oseak-Drosh, Kuragh-Kosht, Nishkuh-Werkhop, Shogore-Awi as all bridge projects were approved at CDWP on 13 March, 2018.?

That means that Terich Lot Owir road alone had total allocations of Rs1.02 billion (Rs75 crores + Rs16 crores for Nishkuh Bridge + Rs16 crores for Kuragh Kosht Bridge). One would reckon if the Rs16.75 billion Shandur Road gets dropped the same could also be expected of the 212 km Shandur-Gilgit Road for which Rs25 billion were allocated in the PSDP 2018-19 thereby taking out Chitral from CPEC?s alternate route and casting a dark shadow on our future economic outlook as Chitral becomes isolated at a time when the rest of the GB and Hazara and 14 districts of KP besides Bajaur and Mohmand agencies would reap the benefits of the CPEC route.

Removing Chitral?s mega projects from PSDP 2018 is unfortunate as it had taken 14 months just to survey the Chitral-Shandur Road and an additional year to approve it at ECNEC while it took six months each just to survey the Garam Chashma and Kalash valley roads.
An amount of Rs59 billion were spent on different projects in Chitral during the PML-N government?s tenure from 2013 to May 2018. .. Source?

Osama Waraich’s uncle elected MNA

Published on: 02/08/2018 | Comments: 4 comments 

Chitral: Late Osama Waraich is remembered in Chitral as an honest and bold Deputy Commissioner who embraced shahadat in a plane crash along with 41 other precious lives, on Dec 7 2016. The late DC is honoured by having a park and an education institution named after him.

Chitralis who were a fan of Osama would be pleased to know that his maternal uncle Dr Nisar Ahmad Cheema has won the National Assembly seat from NA 79 Gujranwala with?142545 votes scoring a thumping victory over his nearest rival by over 24 thousand votes difference. Dr Nisar Cheema has been former DG health Punjab and is younger brother of Justice Iftikhar Cheema and ex IGP Zulfiqar Cheema. The family is known for it’s honesty and integrity during their tenure in service. .. CN report, 02 Jul 2018

MNA inaugurates projects on behalf of Prime Minister

Published on: 13/05/2018 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral: MNA Shahzada Iftikharuddin inaugurated several projects on behalf of the Prime Minister after the later’s visit to Chitral got cancelled due to inclement weather.? Amongst the projects inaugurated were Garam Chashma road, Gas plants at Chitral, Ayun and Drosh, Chitral Chakdara road, Ayun Bumburet road and Garm Chashma Nadra office. Present on the occasion were Commissioner Malakand Division, DIG Malakand, District Nazim, District administration officials, Sui gas executives, PMLN office bearers and local notables.

The MNA in his address thanked both Ex PM Nawaz Sharif and PM Khakan Abbasi for taking active interest in Chitral and actualising projects worth billions of rupees in the interest of the area. He urged upon the people to consider these services while casting their vote in the forthcoming general elections. .. CN report, 12 May 2018

MNA demands power supply for upper Chitral

Published on: 28/12/2017 | Comments: No comments 

CHITRAL: Member National Assembly (MNA) Shahzada Iftikharuddin has said that the provincial government is not serious in electricity supply from Golen Gole Power Station to Upper Chitral district.

Talking to reporters on Tuesday, he said that the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) and Wapda have no issue in provision of electricity to Chitral from the power station.

However, he added that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was not serious in addressing the issue.

He said that Prime Minister Secretariat and minister for water and power had been in contact with Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (Pedo), but the provincial organisation was not showing interest to solve the issue.

He said that after the destruction of the Reshun power station it was the Pedo?s responsibility to provide electricity to 21,000 power consumers. But Pedo was neither initiating work on the rehabilitation of the power station nor it was interested in purchasing electricity for the power consumers, he added.

Source.. The News

PM to Inaugurate Roads, Gas Plants & Golen Electricity in Dec, MNA

Published on: 18/11/2017 | Comments: 1 comment 

Chitral ..? At a meeting with the Prime Minister on 17 Nov, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MNA Shahzada Iftikharuddin discussed with him various developmental projects of Chitral and the PM directed SNGPL authorities to expedite land purchase process of the three gas plants at Chitral, Ayun (Broz) and Drosh.

During his planned? visit to Chitral in Dec 2017, the PM will inaugurate NHA Roads and Gas Plants besides Golen Gol electricity to both Upper and Lower Chitral. The PM may also extend his visit to the next day, the MNA said?.. CN report, 18 Nov 2017