Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that different flood protection projects were being executed at a cost of over eight billion rupees in eight districts of the province including Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Dir and swat. On completion, these projects will help protect the surrounding populations of Kabul, Jindi, Dir and Swat rivers, he added.
The Chief Minister told that the flood-affected road links of Chitral district would be restored within two weeks on temporary basis while all major communication roads would take at least six month for permanent rehabilitation as most of the roads particularly those leading to Garam Chashma, Bumburet and Mastuj valley were washed away by the flood.
Talking to the office bearers of Nowshera Press Club, Pervez Khattak contradicted that he PTI Chairman, Imran Khan had issued any statement regarding Kala Bagh Dam and stressed that the party policy on this issue was very clear that consensus of all the four provinces is crucial for pursuing this project.
The office bearers of the club, led by its president, Mushtaq Ahmed Paracha, called on the Chief Minister at CM Secretariat on Wednesday and apprised him of the problems and demands of the Press Club. The Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation, Mian Jamshed ud Din and Special Assistant to the CM, Khaleeq ur Rahman were also present in the meeting.
On this occasion Chief Minister directed to release already announced grant of eight million rupees for Nowshera Press Club and expedite the reconstruction work of the club and development works of the media colony for which an amount of Rs. 10.38 million had already been approved.
Explaining causes of the recent floods in Chitral, the Chief Minister informed that premature melting of glaciers had washed away the communication and other infrastructure and the affected people suffered losses because they had built structures in the water courses.
He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government was seriously considering necessary legislation for demarcation of the natural water courses, canals and rivers, and prohibition of building constructions therein.
He said that future planning for flood protection was also underway and several projects were being already executed for this purpose. The Chief Minister told that the Flood Commission Report 2013 had appreciated the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s flood protection measures which reflect seriousness of the provincial government for overcoming the impacts of natural calamities.