PANAKOT, Pakistan: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday announced that the government would spend Rs 50 billion for the construction of a new Chakdara-Dir-Chitral road and completion of Lowari Tunnel to shorten travel time and facilitate the people of the remote area.
Prime Minister said the huge amount of Rs 50 billion was far more than was being spent in Rawalpindi, Lahore and other mega cities, as the government realized the importance of the people living in far off places and wants to bring these area at par with the developed areas of the country.
The Prime Minister said the government would also construct a 132 KVA grid station in the area, to help it meet its growing electricity needs. He said his government was working hard to help end load shedding in the country and a number of short and long term measures were being undertaken in this regard.
He said he had visited most of the areas affected by the earthquake that hit the region on Oct 26 and said though the compensation was no replacement for the precious lives lost, but was just a token of assistance to help the bereaved family bear their loss.
The Prime Minister said he had directed mobilisation of the entire government machinery for rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. He said both the federal and the provincial government worked in complete unison to help the people confront this calamity.
The Prime Minister earlier handed over cheques of compensation amount amongst the quake affected people. He was also given a briefing about the relief and rehabilitation efforts.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Governor KPK Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi, JI Member National Assembly from Dir leader Tariq Ullah Khan and Advisor on Political Affairs Amir Muqam.