BOONI: The federal government has allocated Rs1 billion in its budget 2019-20 for construction of Shandur road, said additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Upper Chitral Muhammad Irfanuddin in a statement.
He said the same road with the name of Gilgit-Chitral-Chakdara road was already included in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
The ADC claimed that the administration of Upper Chitral district was fully committed to completing this project on a priority basis for the welfare of the people.
He said making the project an issue and launching a protest by some people weeks before the start of the world famous Shandur polo festival was illogical.
This will only create hurdles for the local people as well as national and international tourists coming to witness the festival, he added.
He appealed to the protesters to postpone their planned protest in the best interest of the public.