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CHITRAL: Rehabilitation work on the water supply line to Chitral town from Golen valley has started.
The water supply system was washed away in a flash flood on July 8, 2019, affecting the 40,000 consumers.
As a temporary measure, the town fesidents were supplied water from Angar Ghon water supply scheme from time to time, but residents of Koghazi to Denin faced great difficulties due to lack of water.
The water resources of the 107 MW hydropower house was also destroyed and the irrigation pipeline were washed away.
Local people tried unsuccessfully to restore the pipeline on self-help basis in which three lives were lost ftom falling into the river. Two of them were recovered but one dead body is still missing.
At the insistence of the people, the provincial government approved a grant of Rs36.477 million for the town and Rs30.340 million for Union Council Koh, for restoration of these two water supply schemes.
The rehabilitation project was officially inaugurated on Monday by Adviser to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wazirzada.
Haji Mehboob Azam, chief executive of a construction company, told our correspondent that he had already completed the project in 2013 but since it is a flood prone area and there are frequent floods which damage the project.
“We can’t control natural disasters, but the rate of damage can be minimized, and that’s why this time we’re going to try to carry the pipeline through a safe route to prevent it from flood,” he said. Due to that, the damage was minimal or completely safe.–GH Farooqui