CHITRAL: Though communication and works (C&W) department has abandoned three major Chitral roads after their federalization last year, National Highway Authority (NHA) is yet to take them over.
The residents feared that these roads would become more troublesome during rain/snowfall and landsliding in winter.
Due to the lack of non-repair for years, these main arteries in Chitral are already in a dilapidated condition.
Officials said the C&W department cannot spend a single rupee on maintenance of the three roads as they have already been federalized.
The roads were federalized in haste to construct them in line with international standards. Funds have been allocated for the projects but further process has slowed down.
The officials said no technical official from the NHA visited Chitral to assess the topography and other aspects of the roads. The NHA in the past cited shortage of funds to construct the roads.
The Chitral-Mastuj road is 109 km long, Chitral-Garam Chashma road is 67 km up to Parabeg and Chitral-Kalash valley road is 44 km up to Bumburate.
The dilapidated roads remain blocked for hours whenever it rains and they are also prone to landsliding.
When contacted, District Development Advisory Committee Chairman MPA Wazirzada acknowledged the vacuum caused by the federalization of the roads. He said it could lead to frequent blockades of roads during rainy days.
He said the deputy commissioner of lower Chitral was taking up the matter with officials of the NHA.–Zahiruddin