Booni facing water problem
The rapidly developing town of Booni, the headquarter of
upper Chitral is facing a severe water problem. Due to severe cold in
winters the government managed 30 years old pipeline becomes blocked and
bursts regularly. The villagers dig and light fires upon the pipes to
defreeze them and then rebury them in the spring season.
Every year in the months of June and July floods of Booni
Gole washes away these pipelines. Thus, the people of Booni are compelled to
drink expensive bottled water and many people go to springs located three to
four kilometers from their homes to fetch drinking water. The institutions
and hotels working in the town carry water loaded in vehicles from Kuragh
some 10 kilometer away from Booni.
The people are compelled to use muddy water for cooking and
cleaning purposes and for their animals in the four months of summer and
snow melted water in winter, for these purposes.
The unhygienic water badly affects the health of people of
Booni. It gives a ghastly impression to tourists and newcomers at Booni.
The patients are facing great problems due to non-availability of potable
water in hospitals.
The civil society organizations of Krujanli Booni approached
Aga Khan Planning and Building Services (AKPBS) Chitral through Biyar Local
Support Organization (BLSO) for provision of potable water and the project
have been approved. The AKPBS�s Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP)
is providing technical and material help with the financial support of
Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.
The civil society organization�s members were so obliged that
they started work in severe cold weather and have dug a distance of 68000
feet from water source to village water tank on self help basis.
The people of Kruijanali especially the women segment are
very gratified to BLSO, AKPBS and PPAF for helping them in solving the
greatest problem of the village. The villagers especially thanked the
Manager AKPBSP Mr Karam for his interest in the project.Manager BLSO Mr.
Shujaat Ali visited the site praised work done by the members of civil
The people of Booni are also waiting for the government water
project for them announced by authorities some four years back. They are
also demanding to use the benchmark of WASEP and SRSP in selection of pipe
and ensure the standard four feet underground digging for installation of
Mobilink in Booni
The people of Booni are thankful to Mobilink for starting its
service in Booni. Hundreds of people are being seen talking on mobile
phone. The people are also happy as they consider it a single source of
communication with other people when heavy snowfall and sever cold broke all
the communication links of people with each other. It is obvious, that
services of PTCL become worse in Booni and surrounding areas due to severe
cold and heavy snowfall in winter season