Earthquake Gone; Echo still there in the form of Roofless Schools: Barjees AJK Council Approves Rs.651m Plundri Baitran Gratta Par Road

June 04, 2014

Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ch Muhammad Barjees Tahir has approved widening and metalling of Plundri-Baitran-Tangi Galla to Gratta Par road with a cost of Rs. 651m. This strategically important 22 Kilometer Road which will not only promote tourism in the region but also will help communicate people by reducing distances and travel time. Federal Minister, in order to avoid cost escalation, ordered to complete those development schemes on priority basis on which most of development work had already been done. He urged the concerned officials to come up with a plan to rebuild those schools which were razed in 2005 earthquake. Federal Minister exclaimed that the pain of 2005 earthquake still echoed in his ears when he looked towards those schools which were still waiting for a roof on them. Mr Tahir urged all the stakeholders to make arrangements for the early building of 2700 roofless schools. He directed AJK Council as well as AJK government to allocate sufficient funds in next budget so that schools could be built. He also stressed on the need of mobilizing Kashmiri Diaspora and rich Kashmiri community to help in this humanitarian cause. He was chairing a meeting of AJK Council in order to review progress of work on council’s existing projects as well as for the approval of new schemes. AJK Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Ch Yaseen and Communication and Works Minister Ch Rasheed also participated along with other high officials. Federal Minister also ordered to build Muzaffarabad to Pir Channasi Road as early as possible in order to promote tourism and economic activity near Capital.