July 30, 2013 Haroon Siraj
SAWT - Almost three years have passed since the natural disaster came in the shape of heavy floods which badly hit especially the Swat valley, however, no tangible progress was made by the official authorities for the rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure of the region.
“After the heavy devastation due to the 2010 floods, which had played havoc in the Swat valley, the federal and provincial governments have failed to rebuild the most beautiful valley of Asia, which is often called paradise on the earth,” were the common perception of majority of the locals.
Apparently, the concerned authorities are still silent on this big issue. Even after the passage of three years, no electricity facility has been provided to Kalam and its adjacent areas and similarly no communication system is available.
The Pakistan Army, which has never left Swat in the lurch, along with UAE government has established steel bridges and re-opened the road for traffic on temporary basis while Matta Ayub Bridge and Mingora Main Bridge are still in a dilapidated condition.
The main source of income of the people of Swat is tourism industry and they invest their huge amounts on this sector but the main hurdle in the tourists’ way is the Kalam Road, which is still in dilapidated condition.
“After the floods I was working hard to rebuild everything in a modern way. During the previous provincial government, I had got approved Rs 140 million for the road and after the government had signed a Rs 2.5 billion MoU with the Asian Development for the Kalam Road. It is in the process,” said MPA Syed Jafar Shah from the KP-85 constituency while talking to The Nation on the damaged infrastructure of the Swat valley.
People associated with the tourism sector, tourists, and the residents of upper Swat have appealed to the federal and provincial governments to extend their support for the rehabilitation of the infrastructure of the valley.