CHITRAL: The supply of drinking water to town Chitral and surrounding villages has become an extremely difficult exercise these days.
The Angarghoon water supply scheme, which was implemented by a German consultant, remained a major supplier of drinking water to Chitral town area for the last two decades and gradually its quantity receded due to damages of main supply line in the last year floods as well as distribution of the water also increased manifold.
In order to provide clean drinking water to Dolomuch, Singoor, Seenlasht and Dolomuch Lower areas, another mega drinking water supply scheme (DWSS) was implemented with the financial support of KFW and implemented by the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service for Pakistan (AKPBSP) with the estimated cost up to Rs600 million. Total beneficiary of the DWSS were 650 households and Rs30,000 also collected from each beneficiary households as community contribution.
It took more than three years for the completion of the project and the beneficiaries waited for its completion so that their acute problem of drinking water supply could be resolved up to some extent. As this DWSS was a ray of hope for the above-mentioned villages but all their dreams converted into nightmare when the said project completely failed to supply water to the targeted beneficiary households.
This time, the hugely funded project is in the status of complete disarray and neither of the party those are project implementing committee as well as AKPBSP is ready to take ownership of the scheme and we the beneficiaries of the project are still survive without single drop of drinking water in our home from the said DWSS.
In case of government sector there are example of projects failed but it is extremely unfortunate that professional organization like AKPBSP did not come up to expectation of community members and demonstrated inefficiency and incompetency in implementation of this particular project.
We the beneficiary of this project directly request high ups of AKPBSP and AKDN to take notice of the failed project and issue directives to the AKPBSP Chitral to remove faults of the project and to ensure supply of drinking water to the beneficiaries as soon as possible.
Otherwise the high stature of AKDN organizations like AKPBSP will elapse in the eyes of community members. We do not expect inefficiency from organization like AKPBSP in such type of vital project which is related with the livelihood of community members.
Professor Muhammad Dost