By Sultan Ahmed & Naweed-e-Sahar
Chipursan valley is located at a strategically important location owing to its proximity to the Wakhan and Tajik borders. But this valley is deprived of the basic communication and transportation infrastructure. The local administration and the government seem to have no regard for the people of the valley and are unaware of the repercussion of their indifference towards this strategically important valley.
One such story is that of the so called ‘ jeep able road” ( though it is hardly possible for a jeep to cross it easily) connecting Chipursan with Sost Gojal. After the heavy rains in July-August this year, landslide near Taju chakki (flour mill) had tamed the river for some time which ultimately damaged the Chipursan road. Thanks to the local volunteers, the road is now through after remaining blocked for almost one month. Small bridges were also damaged at 2-3 places which were repaired by volunteers. Standing crops were also badly damaged by the heavy rains. The people of the valley face a lot of difficulties commuting between different parts of Gojal and elsewhere.
The residents have also expressed grave concerns over the dilatoriness in the truck able road project which had been started many years ago and after spending millions of rupees no significant progress has been made. Not even ten percent portion has been completed of the 70 km long road project. The heavy machineries bought for this purpose have been left at various palces on the working site without any purpose, with no human visible arround, to use them or take care of them. The contractors and local political representatives seem to have no plan to see the project ever completed.