road, a crying need
A normal traffic situation in the
Chitral Bazaar. MNA's Land cruiser can also be seen held up in
the traffic mess on a road narrower than the Land Cruiser.
itself, with shanty shops in the background.
Chitral -- Perpetual traffic jams in the main
Chitral bazaar cry for commencing work on the bypass road
without a single days delay. Pathetic traffic holdups due to a
narrow lane between shops called the main bazaar of Chitral
designed for 1920s requirement
is a mirror of .the failure of successive
governments to fulfill this basic need of widening the road.
According to DCO Chitral 140 million rupees are in hand for the
purpose and work would start any time. However different
people when queried told Chitral News that influential hidden
hands do not want the bypass project to be launched for reasons
best known to them, otherwise the road would have materliased
long ago. Shop and land owners being affected by the
project said we have extended full cooperation to the government
in implementation of the project and there is no other reason
except lack of political and administrative will to carry out a
beneficial project for Chitral town. People interviewed said if
funds are insufficient for the whole project in one go, at least
one section eg section between polo ground and
Ataliq bazaar bridge be implemented in first phase so that by
the time this phase is completed money for the next phase can be
aquired.from the government. Not starting the work despite Rs
140 million in hand for the project is criminal they said . --(CN report, 23 July 10).
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