CHITRAL: Hundreds of volunteers from the Isamaili community on Sunday started repairing the Chitral-Garam Chashma road and filled potholes and ditches on its portion from Balach to Singoor village.
It is a matter of shame that for years the Communication and Works (C&W) Department has remained totally callous to the public issue by not even bothering to carry out a patch work on the road used by thousands of people daily.
Similar has been the situation elsewhere in Chitral where people are suffering miseries while travelling on the ruined roads.
The Ismaili volunteers started repairing roads in Upper Chitral in Nov 2017 before their Imam His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan visited Booni to give them Didar in December that year. Since then, they have made it an annual feature to repair the roads in Yarkhun, Mastuj and Booni.
Now they have started the dilapidated road from Chitral town to Garam Chashma on a self-help basis. The people of Singoor, Balach, Sinlasht, Dolomuch and other localities near Chitral on Sunday hailed the spirit of volunteerism of the Isamili community.
Hundreds of Ismaili volunteers not only personally carried out the repair work but also pooled in money to hire trucks and loaders to fill the ditches on the road.
The local people regretted that despite promises made by lawmakers and government officials the road could not be repaired for many years.–Syed Nazir Hussain Shah