CHITRAL: The district administration started razing a newly-constructed building of a multi-storey hotel in Krakal village of Bumburate valley as part of its drive against illegal and unapproved buildings.
Lower Chitral deputy commissioner Naveed Ahmed said the huge building had been erected opposite to the ‘Bashaleni’ (the home of Kalash women where they stay during menstruation), overseeing the latter’s inner portion, thus infringing on their privacy and seclusion.
He said the Kalash people had been expressing strong reservations since the construction had started. He said he had ordered the building’s demolition after fulfilling all the formalities and giving ample time to the owner.
Mr Ahmed said to preserve the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the world-fame Kalash people, the buildings of modern designs were being discouraged by the government.
He said owners of scores of other buildings in the valley had also been served with notices.
Yaqub Khan, a local resident, said the hotel was owned by a person hailing from Punjab who had married a woman from the Krakal village and had taken the piece of land on lease for 30 years.–Zahiruddin