CHITRAL: Notables of Drosh have expressed their resentment over the callous attitude of the National Highway Authority (NHA) towards the maintenance of the road linking Chitral with other parts of the country.
Talking to ChitralToday correspondent here, prominent social and political figures, including Fazal Haq, Fazlur Rehman, and Haji Muhammad Shafi said that flooding in a nullah in Drosh had damaged the road at Drosh over 48 hours ago but it has still not been repaired. they said maintenance of the road from Mirkhani to Chitral town was the responsibility of the NHA but there was no responsible official from the authority to take notice of the poor condition of the road. The blockade of the road is creating hardship for the commuters especially when a large number of Chitralis had started returning to celebrate Eid in their home villages.
They said it was also strange that the NHA had rented a house in Drosh but had not sent any officer to the area to resolve the frequent road closure issues.
They said on papers the NHA spent millions of rupees on the maintenance and repair of the road but on the ground the condition of the road presented the picture of complete neglect.
They said that the PTI had come to power with the slogan of zero tolerance for corruption. They expressed the hope that the PTI government would take stringent steps to bring a turnaround in the working of the authority for the best interest of the people. –Jahan Zeb