Land sliding blocks access to 25 villages

Authorities say the road will be cleared by Sunday.

Express August 28, 2011


Land sliding triggered by rains in Haripur blocked a link road connecting 25 villages of Union Council Baitgali to tehsil headquarter Ghazi, villagers and Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) sources told  The Express Tribune here on Saturday.

Villagers said intermittent rains in Baitgali for the past three days led to land sliding at different places on the Gali Road, which is about two kilometres from the main village. The blockage has occurred on the 179 km route that connects Baitgali to Swabi.

Consequently 25 villages housing about 32,000 people have been disconnected. School children and commuters were unable to travel to Ghazi as there is no alternative route.“It is a problem, roads are blocked and we are unable to bring groceries for Eid which is just around the corner,” said Former Union Council Nazim Muhammad Khursheed. He said that they have informed the TMA officials and DCO Haripur but so far no action has been taken, due to which life has become totally paralyzed in the area.

The Tehsil Municipal Officer Haji Abdul Malik Tanoli, a resident of Baitgali, said the road will be cleared by Sunday.

Baitgali has a water route through Tarbela Lake, for which one has to travel by boat for 3 hours to a village called Lakab, from where the villagers have to go on foot for another two hours before reaching Baitgali. It is the second-most remotest union council of Haripur district after Nara Amazai.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2011.


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