DROSH: Due to government apathy, people of Drosh are facing hosts of problems such as lack of healthcare facilities, cleanliness and broken road infrastructures.
Prominent social activists, political and religious figures of Drosh tehsil, including Qari Jamal Abdul Nasir, Salahuddin Toofan, Razitu Billah, Irshad Alam Mukarar, Imranul Mulk, Khosh Nawaz Khan, Gul Nawaz Khan, told local reporters that for over two years there is no female doctor at the Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital while a number of posts of male doctors were also vacant.
As a result, people of the tehsil, especially women, are facing lots of health issues.
Moreover, the Drosh bazaar is giving the look of a garbage dump due to lack of measures by government departments for cleanliness in the area.
They said the Chitral-Peshawar road remains broken from Lowari towards Chitral while condition of roads linking the sub-valleys of Ursoon, Osiak, Jinjiret Koh, Biori, Shishikoh, Ashiret and the main Arandu road was even more dilapidated.
They said tender was floated for the Osiak bridge for seven times but work on the project could not be started on it.
Work on Jinjiret and Osiak roads were left incomplete due to allegations of corruption in the projects, they added.
They said compensations have been paid to the departments concerned for the basic health unit (BHU) and a government high school at Ashiret that are going to be affected by the construction of the main Chitral-Peshawar road by the National Highway Authority (NHA).
Therefore, work on the construction of the road should be started without any further delay.
They also demanded that the health department should revive the mother and child centre at Drosh.
The government should also appoint teaching staff and Class IV to start classes at the Govt High School for Girls in Drosh. The girls college could not be made functional even though it was inaugurated by the chief minister of KP last year, they added.
They also criticized the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) for sending inflated bills to the consumers without meter reading that put the poor people in great distress as their power connections were severed on nonpayment of the bills.—Muhkam Uddin Ayuni